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Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled From Her Letters and Journals by Her Son Charles Edward Stowe   By: (1811-1896)

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Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe is an intimate and illuminating journey through the life of one of America's most influential writers. Compiled and edited by her son Charles Edward Stowe, this book offers readers a unique perspective on the extraordinary woman behind the timeless classic Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Through a collection of Harriet Beecher Stowe's personal letters and journals, readers are granted unparalleled access to her inner thoughts, beliefs, and struggles. The raw authenticity of her writings allows us to witness the evolution of a writer, a mother, and an advocate for social justice.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is its ability to capture the spirit of a tumultuous time in American history. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived during a period of immense change, marked by the abolitionist movement and the fight for women's rights. Her writings reflect the urgency and passion of those years, providing readers with a vivid account of the social and political climate she navigated.

Moreover, the book delves into Stowe's personal life, chronicling her relationships, joys, and heartaches. We witness her unwavering support for her husband, Calvin Stowe, as well as the profound impact his loss had on her. Charles Edward Stowe's careful curation of his mother's letters and journals imbues the narrative with a sense of intimacy, enhancing our understanding of the woman behind the pen.

The prose throughout this compilation is masterful, satisfying both those familiar with Stowe's work and newcomers alike. Each chapter unfolds with eloquence, presenting a rich tapestry of her life. Charles Edward Stowe's annotations and explanations seamlessly guide us through historical context, enhancing our appreciation of his mother's experiences.

However, it is worth noting that this book may not appeal to those seeking a traditional biography. Instead, it offers an unconventional glimpse into the soul of a remarkable woman through her own words. While this may be a strength for some readers, it could be seen as a drawback for those hoping for a more comprehensive exploration of Harriet Beecher Stowe's life.

In conclusion, Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled From Her Letters and Journals by Her Son Charles Edward Stowe is a must-read for anyone captivated by the life and works of this literary giant. Through a skillful combination of personal letters, journals, and insightful annotations, Charles Edward Stowe presents an intimate portrait of his mother and her impact on American literature and society. Engaging and enlightening, this book serves as a tribute to the legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her enduring contribution to history.

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Compiled From

Her Letters and Journals



[Illustration: Handwritten Preface

It seems but fitting, that I should preface this story of my life, with a few words of introduction.

The desire to leave behind me some reflection of my life, has been cherished by me, for many years past; but failing strength and increasing infirmities have prevented its accomplishment.

At my suggestion and with what assistance I have been able to render my son Revd. Charles Edward Stow, has compiled from my letters and journals, this biography. It is this true story of my own words, and has therefore all the force of an autobiography.

It is perhaps much more accurate as to detail & impression than is possible with any autobiography, written later in life.

If these pages, shall lead those who read them to a firmer trust in God and a deeper sense of this fatherly goodness throughout the days of our Earthly pilgrimage I can stay with Valient for Faith in the Pilgrim's Progress.

I am going to my Father's & this with great difficulty. I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the troubles I have been at, to arrive where I am.

My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage & my courages & skills to him that can get it... Continue reading book >>

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