issued in book form in March, 1852.
Its sudden and amazing success was not confined to this country.
The story ran in three Paris
newspapers at once, was promptly dramatized, and has held the stage in France
It was placed upon the Index
, as being subversive of established authority.
Millions of copies were sold in Europe
, and Uncle Tom's cabin
, more than any other cause, held the English
working men in sympathy with the North
in the English
cotton crisis of our Civil War.
It is easy to see the faults of this masterpiece and impossible not to recognize its excellencies.
“If our art has not scope enough to include a book of this kind,” said Madame George Sand
, “we had better stretch the terms of our art a little.”
For the book proved to be, as its author had hoped, a “living dramatic reality.”
, Sam and Andy, Miss Ophelia and Legree
Mrs. St. Clare
might have been one of Balzac
's indolent, sensuous women.
Uncle Tom himself is a bit too good to be true, and readers no longer weep over the death of little Eva-nor, for that matter, over the death of Dickens
's little Nell
There is some melodrama, some religiosity, and there are some absurd recognition scenes at the