A PARALLEL TEXT EDITION OF "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN": MATERIALS FOR A CRITICAL TEXT (HARRIET BEECHER STOWE)

ELLEN LOUISE MADISON, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

Before the serialization of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was completed in the National Era, the first edition in book form was published by Jewett. The two versions differ. By collating and ordering these two texts and the applicable manuscript leaves in Stowe's hand, it is possible to make reasonable assumptions regarding the transmission of the text. A textual editor preparing a critical edition should find this parallel text and the additional information very helpful.^ The initial chapters discuss Stowe's literary life with an emphasis on the development of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Included are chapters on the publishing history and a review of the criticism of the novel. The main importance, however, lies with the textual information which includes a description of the manuscript leaves and a discussion of substantive variants, accidentals, and the differences in house rules between the National Era and Jewett. Lists of the substantive variants and recommended end-line hyphenations are included.^ Finally, recommendations for a critical text are included showing that for the first thirty-one chapters Jewett was setting from the National Era text which should be used as the base text with consideration given to corrections and obvious authorial changes made in that section. After chapter 31, sections are examined independently and recommendations are made for each section as to what should be used as the base text. Included also is a photocopy of the National Era text. ^

Subject Area

Literature, American

Recommended Citation

ELLEN LOUISE MADISON, "A PARALLEL TEXT EDITION OF "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN": MATERIALS FOR A CRITICAL TEXT (HARRIET BEECHER STOWE)" (1986). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI8715336.
http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dissertations/AAI8715336

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