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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press; Anniversary edition (February 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807856851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807856857
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Inspired by a rare genius--rare in both intensity and in range of power."George Eliot

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"Provides another opportunity for scholars and students to learn how Stowe craft[ed] a second and even more radical novel. . . . Represent[s] the literary, political, and ethical tensions and uncertainties of its time."--Resources for American Literary Study

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Fleisher on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
A compelling and highly readable indictment of slavery in America, "Dred" takes risks that "Uncle Tom's Cabin" did not. The ending of "Dred" is powerful and strong, unlike that of "Uncle Tom", which seemed to advocate ultimately that the slaves should be freed and encourged to return to Africa. Harriet Beecher Stowe is just as sharp in her criticism of the North and she is to the South. She is quick to condemn the passive profiteers of slavery as she is the slaveholder himself. I throughly enjoyed this book. I will read it a secod time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Greene on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
While Uncle Tom's Cabin will likely remain Harriet Beecher Stowe's best known work, her 1856 novel Dred should not be overlooked. If you like this time period, you should like Dred. Stowe avoids the heavy-handed authorial commentary that characterizes Uncle Tom's Cabin; in other words, she lets the events of the story speak for themselves. The story is slow-burning plantation drama--again, if you're a fan of 19th century literature, you'll love Dred. Dred compares favorably to Moby-Dick, as both novels turn on gradual plots where the reader's bond to the characters becomes crucial. Because the plot takes awhile to develop, the true reward of the novel comes from watching the characters grow and evolve.

This edition features an introduction and notes by Robert Levine, which do a great job of placing Stowe's work in a historical context. Dred should appeal to students of 19th century literature, and anyone else with an interest in slavery and abolition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WILLIAM H FULLER on September 17, 2012
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The copies of DRED that I initially found and read are scanned reproductions of 19th century editions which contain some very strange elements. These do not detract from the interest of the contents, but let's take a moment to examine them.

First, DRED was initially published in two volumes and is available in that same configuration today. The first volume is entitled DRED: A TALE OF THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP, VOLUME 1, and is available only as a softbound book. It has been scanned from an 1856 printing and includes a modern note at the beginning that the contents are in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed. The second volume is entitled DRED; A TALE OF THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP, TOGETHER WITH ANTI-SLAVERY TALES AND PAPERS, is a hardbound book, and is copyrighted by BiblioLife, LLC. It is a scanned copy of an 1896 printing. So we have the first volume of the book with no copyright and the second with one. Because the two volumes are reproduced from original publications that appeared 40 years apart, the typeface differs, but both of the now-antique fonts are still easily read.

Volume 1 includes chapters I through XXIII. Volume 2 includes chapters XXXVII through LVII. There seem to be XIV (that would be 14) chapters missing! Perhaps the fact that Volume 1 is a reproduction of an 1856 printing and Volume 2 of an 1896 printing accounts for this, assuming the 19th Century publishers rearranged some chapters between the two volumes. Fortunately for us, the early chapters of Volume 2 include enough reminiscences and recapitulations that we can easily figure out the major events that occurred within those 14 missing chapters so that the story line is still easily grasped.
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By Mike D. on April 24, 2013
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Harriet Beecher Stowe's characters are so lifelike. One can actually feel and imagine what it was like to live in and around the "Great Dismal Swamp" the years preceding the Civil War.. More of a documentary than "Uncle Tom's Cabin" but with the same powerful impact on our souls.
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