Faculty Book: David S. Reynolds, ed.
David S. Reynolds, ed.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Or Life Among the Lowly, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Oxford University Press, 2011)
When published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a sensation, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States by the end of the year; it went on to be the nineteenth century’s worldwide bestseller. The publisher released a lavishly illustrated gift version for the Christmas season, widely known as the “Splendid Edition,” with more than one hundred detailed engravings by Hammatt Billings. The illustrations amplify the book’s abolitionist ideas and capture its historical moment, lending the narrative a moving immediacy. The edition was never reissued until now; this facsimile gives general readers the chance to experience Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic in this most revealing form. Reynolds’ substantial introduction situates the novel within the world of ideas and images operative at the time. David S. Reynolds is a distinguished professor of English and American studies at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: JUL 21, 2011