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More popular than the Bible(?)!
The New-York Observer critiques "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in detail...
Item # 652798
May 26, 1853
NEW YORK OBSERVER, May 26, 1853
* The New-York Observer critiques "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in detail
* Provides a list of both good points and flaws
* Calls Harriet Beecher Stowe a genius of a high order
Page 6 has under the title, "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN," a lengthy critique which provides an itemized list of both favorable and unfavorable points regarding Harriet Beecher's Stowe's masterpiece - most of which is shown in the images. The article includes a comment in which the book is refereed to as the "production of a genius of a high order," and includes: "[it] is a book which has probably been more extensively read during the past year than any other in the English language, the Bible itself not excepted." See images for their analysis, which takes nearly 2 1/2 columns. On the same page is, "A Fabrication," which states: "The Tribune [N.Y.], of course, makes it a theme for one of the splenetic effusions with which it has lately abounded; and which have been poured out against ourselves...". It copies a portion of an article which is circulating, which includes in part: "The work, Uncle Tom's Cabin, is, to say the least of it, a smutty story...," with more to follow. See images for details.
Other news of the day is found throughout.
Eight pages, complete, and in very good condition. See images for details.
Note: The New York Observer, generally considered a religious-themed publication, was formatted such that 4 pages were dedicated to religious topics, and another 4 pages were focused on secular items.
Category: Pre-Civil War