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Lifetime: 1811 - 1896 Passed: ≈ 127 years ago


American abolitionist, Author


United States

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. The book reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and Great Britain, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. Stowe wrote 30 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential for both her writings and her public stances and debates on social issues of the day.

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, on June 14, 1811. She was the sixth of 11 children born to outspoken Calvinist preacher Lyman Beecher. Her mother was his first wife, Roxana (Foote), a deeply religious woman who died when Stowe was only five years old. Roxana's maternal grandfather was General Andrew Ward of the Revolutionary War. Her siblings included a sister, Catharine Beecher, who became an educator and author, as well as brothers who became ministers: including Henry Ward Beecher, who became a famous preacher and abolitionist, Charles Beecher, and Edward Beecher.

Harriet Beecher Stowe died on July 1, 1896, in Hartford, Connecticut, 17 days after her 85th birthday. She is buried in the historic cemetery at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, along with her husband and their son Henry Ellis.

Books by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Fiction Novel
Slavery Rights Serialised Work Empathy

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is one of the most controversial novels of the last century, with it’s sentimental portrayal of the anti-slavery movement in the USA. Written in 1852, the novel instantly rose to fame and split Americans up and down the country. Sto...

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A Key To Uncle Tom's Cabin

Slavery Culture Injustice

A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin is a book by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was published to document the veracity of the depiction of slavery in Stowe's anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). First published in 1853 by Jewett, Proctor &...

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Lady Byron Vindicated

Novel Biography
Writer's Life

In 1869, the Atlantic published Stowe's article, The True Story Of Lady Byron's Life, a brief exposé of the famous poet Lord Byron's sordid private life which had led to a separation from his wife and drove him out of England, as told to her by Lady...

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The Minister's Wooing

Romance Fiction Novel
Slavery Didactic fiction Church

The Minister's Wooing is a historical novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, first published in 1859. Set in 18th-century New England, the novel explores New England history, highlights the issue of slavery, and critiques the Calvinist theology in which Sto...

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The Pearl of Orr's Island

Fiction History
Marine Love Tragedy Romance Village Island Journey Nautical General Fiction

Go on a journey to the coast of Maine and immerse yourself in the picturesque community on Orr’s Island. See the raindrops glistening on the pine needles and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. This is a tale of romance, tragedy, crusty sea captain...

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Queer Little Folks

Fairy Tale
Animal Children Nature Folk Explore Classics Fun

A wonderful children's classic - a collection of moral stories told by animals in the woods. The wittily written stories explore various issues in a fun way.

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Religious Studies, Sketches and Poems

Poetry History Religion
Poems Christianity Religious Writing Sketches

Best known for having written "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Harriet Beecher Stowe also wrote several religious works, including the works in this book. The first section (Religious Studies) was originally published as "Footsteps of the Master," and was includ...

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Oldtown Folks

Fiction Novel
Family Marriage Love Youth Death Historical Fiction Culture Heritage Spirituality Rural

Oldtown Folks is an 1869 novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It is written from the first-person perspective of a young man named Horace Holyoke, who describes his youth in fictional Oldtown, Massachusetts - including humorous depictions of daily...

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The Salem Witchcraft, the Planchette Mystery, and Modern Spiritualism

Mystery Social Science Supernatural Spirituality Historical Spiritualism

Delve into the enigmatic realms of supernatural intrigue and historical mystique with "The Salem Witchcraft, the Planchette Mystery, and Modern Spiritualism" by the renowned Harriet Beecher Stowe. Unveil the shadows of history as Stowe masterfully we...