Henry Louis Gates Jr. redefines Uncle Tom's Cabin with this seminal interpretation of the great American novel.Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, Uncle Tom's Cabin has lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece. Uncle Tom's Cabin, first published in 1852, galvanized the American public as no other work of fiction has ever done. The editors animate pre-Civil War life with rich insights into the lives of slaves, abolitionists, and the American reading public. Examining the lingering effects of the novel, they provide new insights into emerging race-relation, women's, gay, and gender issues. With reproductions of rare prints, posters, and photographs, this book is also one of the most thorough anthologies of Uncle Tom images up to the present day.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the U.S. and Britain and made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Ph.D.Cambridge), is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research, Harvard University. He is the author of Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513–2008; Black in Latin America; Tradition and the Black Atlantic: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora; Faces of America; Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the Racial Self; The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Criticism; Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars; Colored People: A Memoir; The Future of Race with Cornel West; Wonders of the African World; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man; and The Trials of Phillis Wheatley. His is also the writer, producer, and narrator of PBS documentaries Finding Your Roots; Black in Latin America; Faces of America; African American Lives 1 and 2; Looking for Lincoln; America Beyond the Color Line; and Wonders of the African World. He is the editor of African American National Biography with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and The Dictionary of African Biography with Anthony Appiah; Encyclopedia Africana with Anthony Appiah; and The Bondwoman’s Narrative by Hannah Crafts, as well as editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com.
Hollis Robbins received a PhD from Princeton University in English literature. She teaches at Millsaps College in Mississippi.
*Starred Review* Celebrated when it was published in 1852 and later vilified, Uncle Tom's Cabin unquestionably changed American history and has had an enduring impact on American literature. In this annotated version of the novel, college professors Gates and Robbins explore changes in perspective on race, sex, and literature since the publication of the novel and its subsequent critique in the 1950s by James Baldwin. Throughout the book are illustrations of Uncle Tom across the years, including posters, postcards, woodcuts, and advertisements, all reflecting changing images of Uncle Tom and black Americans. Gates and Robbins explore images of heroism and subservience, contrasting the unctuous sentimentality of the novel with the implicit sexual tension between Uncle Tom and Little Eva, and explore the reason the novel remains so strong in the public imagination. Both new readers and those familiar with the work will appreciate the scholarly insight into the culture and social conventions that directed Stowe's writing. She sought to rouse abolitionist sentiments and, in the process, rendered Uncle Tom as no threat to white men. The editors ultimately applaud the novel as an enduring part of the American literary canon. Vanessa Bush
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Photographs and Illustrations (illustrator). First Edition. Declared worthless and dehumanizing by the novelist and critic James Baldwin in 1955, Uncle Tom's Cabin has lacked literary credibility for over 50 years. Now, refuting Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his coeditor Hollis Robbins affirm the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 masterpiece. They underscore that there has never been a single work of fiction that had a greater effect on American history than this book. They have provided a new, African-American perspective and discuss how Baldwin got it wrong. New readers of Uncle Tom's Cabin will be moved by the story of Eliza Harris, and in retracing Tom's stoic journey from Kentucky to Simon Legree's hellish plantation in New Orleans, generations of illustrators are simultaneously emasculating the character of Tom in his scenes with Little Eva and underscoring his inner strength when whipped by Legree. Particularly outstanding in this new edition is the visual presentation; the editors have compiled a comprehensive set of images that span the entire published history of the book, many in color. A historic work, not only an annotated edition, but in itself a history of racial and cultural attitudes and "the little woman" in Abraham Lincoln's words "who wrote the book that started this great war." Includes bibliography. Heavy volume. 4to - over 9Â¾ - 12" tall. Illustrator: Photographs and Illustrations. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Literature::African American; Literature::Criticism and Theory; Literature::Classics. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 003731. Bookseller Inventory # 003731
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