Just one of my “hey this is cool” posts:
I was listening to the podcast of the New York Times Book Review this morning and was intrigued by the review of “‘Mightier Than the Sword,’ David S. Reynolds’s informative account of the writing, reception and modern reputation of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin.'” In particular, I thought it was interesting to discuss the book as a literary work–something that drew praise contemporaneously but within the last fifty years or so has brought derision. Also intriguing is Reynolds’ discussion of the international reception of the book. It sounds a bit, though, like Reynolds’ is too in abeyance to the book. Henry James may have seen it as a boy, but did it shape his aesthetic imagination, the reviewer Andrew Delbanco asks.
Not mentioned in the review, this topic also intrigues me in the sense of how African Americans have related to the character of “Uncle Tom” over the years. He has not always been derided in the way one would suspect, given the connotations the name has. I remember reading something about this a year or so ago. If I stumble across it, I’ll pass along the link.