Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Compiled from her Letters and Journals


Read by Michele Fry

(4.6 stars; 18 reviews)

Harriet Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896), of Cincinnati, was the most famous female American author of her age, and is said to have touched off the American Civil War with her novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), awakening the whole world to the harsh conditions of slavery. She wrote 30 other successful books depicting life in early America, plus collections of well written articles and travellogues, poems, hymns, and speeches on social issues. Harriet's father and all 7 of her brothers were ministers, her 5 sisters teachers and/or social activists, a whole family concerned with improving society. Her father was the outspoken Calvinist preacher Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known evangelists of his age. Her younger brother, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, was one of the most famous orators of his day and with Harriet, was very active in the Underground Railroad, for which both were savagely attacked by the slave holding aristocracy. After the War, Harriet and her husband Calvin Stowe, a theology professor, and Henry all moved to north-east Florida to establish schools and churches to help educate the free negros who had fled there. In this book we see, through colorful letters written to family, friends, and other famous personages throughout her life, a very intimate portrait of a brilliantly emotional girl's inner life, a wife and mother's struggle raising 7 children at near poverty, her rise to fame and fortune, her and family's travels through Europe where they were feted by royalty, her depiction of the devastating sadness at losing 3 of her children early in their lives, her tortuous musings as to why God allows suffering, slavery and injustice, and her eventual reconciliation with God's grace and her ultimate devotion to Christ. - Summary by Michele Fry, Soloist. (15 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Preface and Introduction 3:10 Read by Michele Fry
Ch.1- Childhood 1811-1824 36:25 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 2.1- School Days in Hartford, 1824-1832 31:15 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 2.2- School Days in Hartford, 1824-1832 26:28 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 3.1- Cincinnati, 1832-1836 21:52 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 3.2- Cincinnati, 1832-1836 23:37 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 4- Early Married Life, 1836-1840 37:26 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 5.1- Poverty and Sickness, 1840-1850 20:06 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 5.2- Poverty and Sickness, 1840-1850 26:35 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 6.1- Removal To Brunswick, 1850-1852 26:42 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 6.2- Removal To Brunswick, 1850-1852 26:56 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 7- Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852 38:41 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 8.1- First Trip To Europe, 1853 23:09 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 8.2- First Trip To Europe, 1853 25:24 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 9.1- Sunny Memories, 1853 21:12 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 9.2- Sunny Memories, 1853 20:02 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 10- From Over The Sea, 1853 38:48 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 11- Home Again, 1853-1856 35:23 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 12.1- Dred, 1856 22:12 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 12.2- Dred, 1856 20:09 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 13- Old Scenes Revisited, 1856 36:38 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 14.1- The Minister’s Wooing, 1857-1859 24:54 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 14.2- The Minister’s Wooing, 1857-1859 28:12 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 15- The Third Trip To Europe, 1859 33:11 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 16.1- The Civil War, 1860-1865 25:11 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 16.2- The Civil War, 1860-1865 32:13 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 17.1- Florida, 1865-1869 20:34 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 17.2- Florida, 1865-1869 21:38 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 18.1- Oldtown Folks, 1869 28:04 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 18.2- Oldtown Folks, 1869 16:55 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 19- The Byron Controversy, 1869-1870 24:24 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 20.1- George Eliot 24:50 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 20.2- George Eliot 28:37 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 21.1- Closing Scenes, 1870-1889 21:12 Read by Michele Fry
Ch. 21.2- Closing Scenes, 1870-1889 26:35 Read by Michele Fry

Reviews

I have listened to this book 2-3 times.... it never grows old.


(5 stars)


(4 stars)

Thankyou Michele for reading this biography so beautifully. Sometimes it was a bit drawn out but your attractive voice and reading skill made it interesting. The struggles to free Negroe men and women in those years is a painful history. I didn't realise what a huge role the courageous Mrs Stowe had in this. I loved the Christian conviction which encouraged the people in those days. An important book in history.

Enjoyable & Informative


(4 stars)

The historical influence HBS had on the slavery issue is, w/o doubt, monumental. Her son's labors to chronicle her activities & influence is laudable. Our reader also helped much in the delivery. One aspect I found of great value was recored in chap 20 on Spiritism & Christianity. Her years in dealing w death of children & friends generated a natural loneliness that sought to bridge the gap brought by death. Then get husband's natural propensity to Christian spiritual & Spiritualist activities gave her a unique, & I believe, well balanced perspective on this potentially titillating & thorny topic. Am I sufficient to provide for my own perceived "needs" or is the I AM alone enough?