The Minister's Wooing by Harriet Beecher StoweThe Minister's Wooing by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Minister's Wooing

byHarriet Beecher StoweIntroduction bySusan K. HarrisEditorSusan K Harris

Paperback | September 8, 1999

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From the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a domestic comedy that examines slavery, Protestant theology, and gender differences in early America.

First published in 1859, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s third novel is set in eighteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, a community known for its engagement in both religious piety and the slave trade. Mary Scudder lives in a modest farmhouse with her widowed mother an their boarder, Samuel Hopkins, a famous Calvinist theologian who preaches against slavery. Mary is in love with the passionate James Marvyn, but Mary is devout and James is a skeptic, and Mary’s mother opposes the union. James goes to sea, and when he is reportedly drowned, Mary is persuaded to become engaged to Dr. Hopkins.

With colorful characters, including many based on real figures, and a plot that hinges on romance, The Minister’s Wooing combines comedy with regional history to show the convergence of daily life, slavery, and religion in post-Revolutionary New England.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, daughter of the Reverend Lyman Beecher of the local Congregational Church. In 1832, the family moved to Cincinnati, where Harriet married Calvin Ellis Stowe, a professor at the seminary, in 1836. The border town of Cincinnati was alive with abolitionist conflict and...
Title:The Minister's WooingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.73 × 5.08 × 0.88 inPublished:September 8, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140437029

ISBN - 13:9780140437027

Appropriate for ages: 1

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Set in 18th-century Newport, R.I., The Minister’s Wooing is the touching tale of Mary Scudder as she falls in and out of love. This historical novel criticizes Calvinism offers insights on slavery and questions women’s rights of that time. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book is a domestic comedy of sorts.