A bestseller on publication and one of the most influential novels ever written, key in helping to secure the abolition of slavery.
Beecher Stowe’s vivid descriptions uncover the harrowing situations faced by slaves in Civil War America.
When a Kentucky farmer faces financial ruin, he reluctantly sells his slaves, and Uncle Tom finds himself the property of a cruel plantation owner, fighting for his freedom and ultimately, for his right to live. With a rich narrative and wonderfully realised characters, this is a panoramic, incredibly accomplished work. Originally published to much acclaim in 1852, it quickly established Harriet Beecher Stowe as one of America’s most influential female novelists and was crucial in helping to secure the abolition of slavery.
“Its power is that it never makes light of slavery and its attendant vast misery”
John Updike, New Yorker
“A century and a half since its publication, Uncle Tom's Cabin retains a fascination for Americans… it stoked a furious hostility among many Americans to the continuation of slavery in their own Southern states”
“The novel's impact was global… Among those who hailed it as a masterpiece were Ivan Turgenev, Victor Hugo, Leo Tolstoy and George Eliot”
Gary Younge, Guardian