Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Compiled from Her Letters and Journals


Charles Edward Stowe

Series: Distinguished Men and Women of Science, Medicine and the Arts
BISAC: HIS036050

“The desire to leave behind me some recollections of my life, has been cherished by me, for many years past; but failing strength or increasing infirmities have prevented its accomplishment. At my suggestion and with what assistance I have been able to render, my son, Ross Charles Edward Stowe, has compiled from my letters and journals, this biography. It is this true story of my life, told for the most part, in my own words and has therefore all the force of an autobiography. It is perhaps much more accurate as to detail and impression than is possible with any autobiography, written later in life. If these pages, shall help those who read them to a firmer trust in God and a deeper sense of His fatherly goodness throughout the days of our earthly pilgrimage I can say with Valiant for Truth in the Pilgrim’s Progress! I am going to my Father’s and tho with great difficulty, I am got thither, get 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 and my courage and skill to him that can get it.”
– Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford, September 30, 1889

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Chapter 1. Childhood 1811-1824 (pp. 1-10)

Chapter 2. School Days in Hartford, 1824-1832 (pp. 11-26)

Chapter 3. Cincinnati, 1832-1836 (pp. 27-38)

Chapter 4. Early Married Life, 1836-1840 (pp. 39-48)

Chapter 5. Poverty and Sickness, 1840-1850 (pp. 49-62)

Chapter 6. Removal to Brunswick, 1850-1852 (pp. 63-76)

Chapter 7. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852 (pp. 77-88)

Chapter 8. First Trip to Europe, 1853 (pp. 89-102)

Chapter 9. Sunny Memories, 1853 (pp. 103-112)

Chapter 10. From over the Sea, 1853 (pp. 113-122)

Chapter 11. Home Again, 1853-1856 (pp. 123-132)

Chapter 12. Dred, 1856 (pp. 133-144)

Chapter 13. Old Scenes Revisited, 1856 (pp. 145-154)

Chapter 14. The Minister’s Wooing, 1857-1859 (pp. 155-168)

Chapter 15. The Third Trip to Europe, 1859 (pp. 169-178)

Chapter 16. The Civil War, 1860-1865 (pp. 179-194)

Chapter 17. Florida, 1865-1869 (pp. 195-206)

Chapter 18. Oldtown Folks, 1869 (pp. 207-218)

Chapter 19. The Byron Controversy, 1869-1870 (pp. 219-226)

Chapter 20. George Eliot (pp. 227-240)

Chapter 21. Closing Scenes, 1870-1889 (pp. 241-254)

Index (pp. 255)

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