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Selected Poetry of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. The Other World


Notes on Life and Works

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, on June 14, 1811. A student at the Hartford Female Academy, founded by her sister Catherine, Stowe went on to teach there and at the Western Female Institute in Cincinnati, also founded by her sister after their father, Lyman Beecher, became President of Lane Theological Seminary there. Stowe married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the Seminary, in 1836. They had seven children. He was on staff at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, from 1850 to 1853, and then at Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts, from 1853 to 1864. In Brunswick Harriet wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin to oppose the Fugitive Slave Act, made in 1850 to criminalize offering help to an escaped slave. She penned thirty books in her lifetime, including Religious Poems (1867) and an attack on Lord Byron for alleged incestuous relations with his sister (1870). In the 1850s she travelled to England and met such women writers as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Eliot. On Calvin's retirement, they lived in Hartford, Connecticut, and Mandarin, Florida. She died in Hartford on July 1, 1896.

Biographical information

Given name: Harriet Beecher
Family name: Stowe
Birth date: 14 June 1811
Death date: 1 July 1896
Nationality: American
Family relations
          husband: Calvin Ellis Stowe
Education
          Hartford Female Academy
          Western Female Institute, Cincinnati
First RPO edition: 2002