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Florida and <i>Oldtown Folks:</i> 1867–1869

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096392.003.0025
Florida and Oldtown Folks: 1867–1869

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Florida in 1867 was a frontier country. Harriet Beecher Stowe immediately set to work creating a home in the wilderness. Calvin Stowe told James Fields that Harriet had found “the Paradise described in the last chapters of Revelation, banning the alligators.” Northerners had begun to discover this paradise, and Stowe meant to secure her piece of it. Stowe hoped that the Florida air would thaw out her romance, still unwritten. With the exception of the interrupted Pearl of Orr's Island, this would have the longest gestation of any of her books. She had a clear view of its subject back in February 1864, at which time she was planning to have it ready for serialization the following year. She revealed some of her awe of the creative process in her response to receiving from Fields the contract for this book, which would eventually be published under the title Oldtown Folks.

Keywords: Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Calvin Stowe; James Fields; Oldtown Folks

Chapter.  13318 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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