The Life Of Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The Life Of Harriet Beecher Stowe

  1. 2. <ul><li>Born June 14, 1811 as Harriet Elisabeth Beecher </li></ul><ul><li>Came from a large family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of eleven children </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mother passed at early age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Harriet was only 5 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Father was a influential minister </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Stowe was a student at Hartford Female Seminary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Later, she also became a teacher at the school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The school was started by Harriet’s sister, Catherine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Under the guidance of her sister, Harriet was able to acquire her writing skills while at the school </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Harriet met and married Calvin E. Stowe, a professor from Lane Theological Seminary </li></ul><ul><li>Together, Harriet and Calvin had seven children </li></ul><ul><li>Calvin, a scholarly writer, supported Harriet’s life a writer and wrote to her: </li></ul><ul><li>“ my dear, you must be a literary woman. It is so written in the book of fate… Make all your calculations accordingly.” </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>TWINS! Born 1836 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliza and Harriet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lived with Calvin and Harriet </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neither twin ever married </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Became proficient and dependable women </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supervised the home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participated in social an cultural life of Hartford </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Influence on Harriet’s writing: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Young women of the books My Wife and I and We and Our Neighbors </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>The first boy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Henry Ellis – born 1838 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Died in 1857 in a drowning accident while swimming in the Connecticut River </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Influence on Harriet’s writing: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HBS writes about how a mother would react to a son’s death in The Minister’s Wooing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Child No. 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frederick William – born 1840 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suffered from alcoholism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fought in the Civil War </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Went to California in 1870 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Influence on Harriet’s writing: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Character in We and Our Neighbors and My Wife and I </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The talent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Georgian May – born 1843 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nickname – “Georgie” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Became addicted to morphine </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Influence on Harriet’s writing: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Character in Uncle Tom’s Cabin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Young Death </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Samuel Charles – born 1848 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Died 1849 of cholera epidemic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Influence on Harriet’s writing: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Led to description of slave mothers in Uncle Tom’s Cabin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Number 7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Charles Edward – born 1850 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Called “Charley” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ordained as a minister in 1878 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Influence on Harriet’s writing: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our Charley based on his childhood </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Mayflower (1843) </li></ul><ul><li>Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) </li></ul><ul><li>A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853) </li></ul><ul><li>Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856) </li></ul><ul><li>The Minister's Wooing (1859) </li></ul><ul><li>The Pearl of Orr's Island (1862) </li></ul><ul><li>Byron painted by his compeers; or, All about Lord Byron, from his marriage to his death, as given in the various newspapers of his day, shewing wherein the American novelist gives a truthful account, and wherein she draws on her own morbid imagination (1869) </li></ul><ul><li>Oldtown Folks (1869) </li></ul><ul><li>The New Housekeeper's Manual with Catherine E. Beecher (1873) </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/life/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.americanwriters.org/writers/stowe.asp </li></ul>

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