Professional Writer: 1863–1867

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI:
Professional Writer: 1863–1867

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In 1863 Calvin Stowe now sixty-one, retired from Andover and Harriet Beecher Stowe was fifty-two. For the next sixteen years she was the sole breadwinner, the head of the household, and a very determined professional writer. Her first step in arranging her life around this new reality was to impress her twin daughters, Hatty Stowe and Eliza Stowe, into household service. However the womanhood to which she bent their reluctant hands bore little resemblance to the independent life she herself had achieved. With the genius of the popular writer, Stowe accurately predicted that the horrors of war would create a reaction toward the comfort of home things. Her House and Home Papers were intimately connected to the transformation in American life that the war helped to bring about. Her first number, “Ravages of a Carpet,” told of the seemingly innocent introduction of a new carpet into the modest home of Christopher Crowfield.

Keywords: Calvin Stowe; Harriet Beecher Stowe; professional writer; Hatty Stowe; Eliza Stowe; Christopher Crowfield

Chapter.  10495 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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