About the Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an American abolitionist and author. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) depicted life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the U.S. and Britain and made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions.
Elizabeth Ammons is the Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature at Tufts University. She is the author of Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century, Edith Wharton’s Argument with America, and Brave New Worlds: How Literature Will Save the Planet. She is the editor or co-editor of many books, including Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature: A Multi-Cultural Perspective, Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Casebook, American Color Writing, 1880-1920, Short Fiction by Black Women, 1900–1920, and the Norton Critical Edition of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.
Stowe may have intended UNCLE TOM'S CABIN to be a political statement, but she also created an unforgettable story. In telling the story of the honest slave Tom, she vividly brings the hardships of slavery before the listener. Richard Allen lends his expert narration to this classic. In a deep, friendly voice, he movingly reads the novel. His articulate narration is augmented by his vocal characterizations, which he executes with careful attention, giving each character a distinctive voice. Tom's deep, somber voice almost resonates, while the cruel slave owner, Simon Legree, speaks in a raspy vernacular. Allen masterfully elicits an array of Southern dialects for Stowe's variety of characters. His thoughtful, engaged performance creates a memorable audio experience. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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