Sunday, May 1 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Recovering the Poetry of Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The internationally famous Harriet Beecher Stowe died in 1896, and 2016 marks the 120th anniversary of her death. As such, a reconsideration of her lesser-known works is warranted. Chief among these is her poetry—a significant area of her oeuvre that has attracted very little scholarly attention. Stowe is, of course, best known for her abolitionist novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), but she also wrote an unknown number of poems. In 1967, Collected Poems of Harriet Beecher Stowe, by John Michael Moran, Jr. (1906-1995), was published by Transcendental Books in Hartford, CT. An independent scholar, Moran worked as an accountant for forty-five years. In his brief foreword, Moran observed that while Stowe’s poetry had attracted some attention during her lifetime, it is “now neglected.” Moran’s collection ran one hundred pages and contains fifty-nine poems. This presentation will provide an introduction to the poetry of this well-known novelist.

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Nancy Schultz

Professor of English, Salem State University
I am working on collecting and editing the poetry of Harriet Beecher Stowe. I am the author of Fire and Roses:The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 (Free Press 2000) and Mrs. Mattingly's Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure that Shocked Washington City (Yale UP 201... Read More →

Sunday May 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970