Harriet Beecher Stowe
1812 – 1896 A.D.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, an American writer, sister of Henry Ward Beecher. During several years she was a teacher in the school of her sister at Hartford, Conn.
In 1836 she was married to Prof. Calvin E. Stowe. In 1851, she commenced in the National Era, an anti-slavery newspaper published in Washington, a serial story, under the title of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The following year this story was issued in two volumes, and achieved an unparalleled success. In four years over 300,000 copies were printed in the United States, as many more in Great Britain, and the work was translated into all the important European languages.
Later Mrs. Stowe wrote a number of other novels, but her fame rests with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most popular of stories, which undoubtedly did much to hasten the emancipation of the negro.
George Sand says of her: “I cannot say that she has talent, as one understands it in the world of letters, but she has genius, as humanity feels the need of genius. Thrice holy the soul which thus loves, blesses and consoles the martyrs. Noble, generous and great of the heart which embraces in her pity, in her love, an entire down-trodden race.”
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.