Harriet Beecher Stowe Essay - Harriet Beecher Stowe Long Fiction Analysis

Harriet Beecher Stowe Long Fiction Analysis

In 1869, after finishing her sixth novel, Oldtown Folks, Harriet Beecher Stowe began a correspondence with Eliot by sending her a copy of the novel. Although an international celebrity, Stowe wanted the approval of this younger and less famous woman who had contributed notably to a movement—literary realism—just beginning to be critically recognized. Like Stowe, Eliot came from a deeply religious background and had formed a union with an unromantic and bookish, but supportive, man. Unlike the American novelist, Eliot had rejected religion for rationalism and Romanticism for realism. Had Calvin Stowe’s first wife not died, it would have been unthinkable for Harriet Beecher to live with him as Eliot did with George...

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