The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

By Harriet Beecher Stowe; Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Editor); Hollis Robbins (Editor)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393059465, 480pp.

Publication Date: November 2006

Declared worthless and dehumanizing by James Baldwin in 1949, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" has lacked literary credibility for fifty years. Now, in a ringing refutation of Baldwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrates the literary transcendence of Harriet Beecher Stowe's masterpiece. "Uncle Tom's Cabin," first published in 1852, galvanized the American public as no other work of fiction has ever done. The editors animate pre-Civil War life with rich insights into the lives of slaves, abolitionists, and the American reading public. Examining the lingering effects of the novel, they provide new insights into emerging race-relation, women's, gay, and gender issues. With reproductions of rare prints, posters, and photographs, this book is also one of the most thorough anthologies of Uncle Tom images up to the present day.

About the Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) published her first book, The Mayflower, in 1843. In 1852 she published her bestselling classic, Uncle Tom s Cabin, the first novel to criticize the institution of slavery. She lectured and wrote for twenty-five years.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Hollis Robbins received a PhD from Princeton University in English literature. She teaches at Millsaps College in Mississippi.