Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)


Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1811-1896)


The most famous American author of her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was best known for her first novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851), one of the most culturally significant works in American literature. Stowe was also the author of several other novels and shorter works, such as Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp and Oldtown Folks. In 1869, Stowe initiated what would become a nearly eleven-year epistolary friendship with George Eliot. Although the two never met in person, they quickly bonded over their shared status as the most well-known authors of their time; they exchanged twenty-five letters between 1869 and Eliot's death in 1880.


George Eliot Archive, edited by Beverley Park Rilett,


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