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Southerner William Gilmore Simms considered the novel both libelous and poorly researched. To expand her readership, Stowe sent presentation copies to a number of illustrious personages, from Prince Albert to the Reverend Charles Kingsley. Among the recipients was Charles Dickens , who received a little lavender-bound volume with a letter from Stowe. He was less restrained in expressing his opinion of the book later that year.
Stowe hardly gives the Anglo-Saxon fair play. I liked what I saw of the colored people in the States. I found them singularly polite and amiable, and in some instances decidedly clever; but then I have no prejudice against white people.
OCLC records nine institutional holdings. Before the article ran, however, Dickens was dragged into a most unpleasant controversy. A staunch abolitionist, Denmon castigated Dickens for obstructing the abolitionist cause. He brought up the character of Mrs. Denmon went on to publish five more columns in the Standard, which were subsequently republished for circulation in pamphlet form.
Stowe might have learned a more judicious mode of treating a subject from the pictures of Mrs. Dombey and Carker, of Lady Dedlock and Joe [sic].
Uncle Tom ought not to have come to his death by flogging. A railway collision, such as disposed conveniently of Mr. Carker, would have been much more artistic. Indeed, he gets drawn into talking about the novel in his correspondence on more than one occasion, most notably with the Duke of Devonshire October 29, and three weeks later with Mrs. OCLC records five institutional holdings.
She said that her father had suffered a severe paralytic stroke on December 2, and was not himself. Indeed, he had been forced to resign his post as Lord Chief Justice because of similar strokes. Dickens argued that the best means to further the cause of abolition was not exaggerated emotional appeals and painting slave owners in the worst possible light, but rather reason and rational argument. Cropper had her brother George draft a response to Dickens, but Dickens replied on January 21, with an aim of ending the matter completely.
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