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Harriet Beecher Stowe matches reputation of Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe)...

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January 15, 1853

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, January 15, 1853 

Page 48 has a portrait of "Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Author Of 'Uncles Tom's Cabin'," with related text beginning on 46 and continuing the the left of the portrait. The article states in part: "Of the personal history of this powerful writer, who has achieved a reputation entitling her to ranks with the author of "Robinson Crusoe," it is natural that her many thousand readers should be anxious to be informed," followed by considerable details of her life which include a bit of the backstory for the writing of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." (see images)
It is great to have this report from London (see note below), within less than a year of its American release - and only months after the release of the London Edition.
News of the day and a host of great prints (unrelated) are found throughout. See images for details.
Complete in 16 pages, a small amount of foxing, an archival mend to the back page - neither of which impact the key coverage. Overall good.
Note: Most are aware "Uncle Tom's Cabin", upon its release, was embraced by abolitionists but enraged most of those from the South and Northern supporters of slavery. However, few are aware that it was exceeding popular in England - the first London edition appearing in May, 1852, which sold over 200,000 copies (an amazing number for the era).

Category: Pre-Civil War