Valedictory: 1870–1896

Joan D. Hedrick

in Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096392
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854288 | DOI:
Valedictory: 1870–1896

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Thomas Perkins's death was the first since George Beecher's premature one in 1843 to strike within Harriet Beecher Stowe's generation. Perkins's death shook her security. The family was beginning to break up. Under the influence of her second season in Mandarin she opened a correspondence with George Eliot. Stowe poured out her heart in long, searching, reflective meditations on her past, her literary career, and their common interests as literary women. In October, all of her plans were jeopardized when she got word that Calvin Stowe had been stricken suddenly by paralysis. Her elegy to her New England childhood, Poganuc People, published in 1878, marked the end of the literary career she had begun forty-four years earlier. Like her best work, it had its origins in the oral tradition of the parlor. On July 1896, surrounded by a large group of family, including her children, she died, two weeks after her eighty-fifth birthday.

Keywords: Thomas Perkins; Harriet Beecher Stowe; George Eliot; Calvin Stowe; Poganuc People

Chapter.  10770 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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