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The Minister's Wooing Hardcover – Large Print, June 2, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0786254477 ISBN-10: 0786254475 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Thorndike Classics - Large Print
  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786254475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786254477
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,677,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, daughter of the Reverend Lyman Beecher of the local Congregational Church. In 1832, the family moved to Cincinnati, where Harriet married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary, in 1836. The border town of Cincinnati was alive with abolitionist conflict and there Mrs. Stowe took an active part in community life. She came into contact with fugitive slaves, and learned from friends and from personal visits what life was like for the Negro in the South. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, and that same year Harriet’s sister-in-law urged the author to put her feelings about the evils of slavery into words. Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first published serially during 1851-52 in The National Era, and in book form in 1852. In one year more than 300,000 copies of the novel were sold. Mrs. Stowe continued to write, publishing eleven other novels and numerous articles before her death at the age of eighty-five in Hartford, Connecticut.

Susan K. Harris is Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Kansas.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe has a very beautiful writing style.
For those who like a good love story, it is nice, added to the time peace, you get a little education as to how people lived and loved and worshiped long ago.
It was born and conceived in theology and a novel true to that ethos must itself be thoughtful and theological.
Christopher P. Atwood

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Atwood on July 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Minister's Wooing is the first of Harriet Beecher Stowe's three great novels of New England religion, that weave scenes and folklore of New England life with the debates and religious agonies that led her from her father's Edwardsian revivalist Calvinism to evangelical Episcopalianism. Of the three, The Minister's Wooing is the most satisfying as a story, although Oldtown Folks and Poganuc People give a fuller panorama of old New England life. (David Hackett Fischer used them extensively in his social history of the American colonies, Albion's Seed.) Mrs. Stowe improved her style greatly after Uncle Tom's Cabin which, while powerful as a moral indictment of slavery, is rather poorly written in many passages.

In her New England novels, Mrs. Stowe looks back on her childhood world in Puritan New England, justifying both her desertion of some of its most tightly-held tenets and the high honor she continued to pay to its legacy. To claim that she satirizes Calvinism is a grotesque misreading, sadly typical of most introductions to her novels which desire to place her as a forbearer of secular feminism and social radicalism, rather than let her be what in fact she was, an evangelical, a Republican, and an ardent advocate of the Christianization of American society.

The Minister's Wooing is set around 1798-1800 in Newport, Rhode Island, at a time just after the American Revolution. Real historical characters in the novel include Samuel Hopkins and Aaron Burr, Jr., leading pupil and grandson, respectively, of the great theologian Jonathan Edwards.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brendan K. on March 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for a Neglected Novels of the 19th century class. Stowe's examination into the problems of calvinism and the role of women in American society are insightful. Stowe's prose is entertianing and clear, but can be a bit droning, especially if the reader isn't acquainted with the style of 19th century novels. Overall I'd recomend this book to anyone who enjoys 19th century Lit.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Angela Eyer on June 5, 2007
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I read this novel for the purpose of completeing a summer assignment for my AP US history Class. It had a decnet plotline and is by the obviously reputable Stowe. A very interesting historical novel that kept me entertained enough to finish and wirte a paper about. Focuses on slavery in new england and the love between a minister and the daughter of the woman with whom he is residing.
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