Isabella of Castile by Shirin Yim Bridges,Albert Nguyen

By Shirin Yim Bridges,Albert Nguyen

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Stowe could see that her serial was striking a chord with the National Era’s readership. Yet she could never have suspected the tremendous impact her story was about to have on American culture and history. 5 A National Sensation E ven before she had completed the serial, Stowe began searching for a publisher for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. With her sister Catharine’s help, she first approached Phillips, Sampson, and Company, which had published several books by Catharine. The company turned down Stowe’s novel, probably fearing that Uncle Tom’s Cabin would be unpopular with Southern readers.

Week after week, she had to file new installments with Bailey. It was a grueling schedule, but Stowe always had Bailey’s support. He saw his readership grow weekly and wanted to do anything he could to keep Stowe writing the 47 48 Harriet Beecher Stowe popular story. As pressure-filled as the assignment was, Stowe also benefited from having to write so quickly. Readers sent in enthusiastic fan letters, which kept her excited about the difficult project. Stowe could see that her serial was striking a chord with the National Era’s readership.

Americans who embraced her novel could not seem to get enough of Uncle Tom, Little Eva, and her other characters. Their images appeared on little statues, wallpaper, dishware, and toys. ) The sheet music of songs based on scenes from the novel were also extremely popular. At least in the North, Americans’ fascination with Uncle Tom’s Cabin seemed to cross all boundaries. A reviewer in Literary World described the national mania focused on the novel: “No age or sex is spared, men and women and children all confess its power.

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