The National Era
Unsigned Article
Washington, D.C.: 26 May 1853


  A friend writing to us from England says, that the genius and success of Mrs. Stowe have awakened in that country a great interest in American authorship; and that English publishers are constantly on the lookout for some new production on this side of the Atlantic, to bring into their own market. This confirms the opinion expressed by us some weeks ago, that Mrs. Stowe has proved a public benefactor to the literature of our country, by securing for it a position in the judgment of the world it had not before enjoyed. Captious critics among us may object to Uncle Tom's Cabin, as a work of art, and place it below the productions of other American authors; but the fact remains, that her book is the most successful one of the century—that her book has reached a circulation and created a sensation unprecedented in the Old World—and then, when it is remembered that it is an American book, the Old World wonders whether it has not been somewhat too indifferent to the productions of the New. The result is, more attention is now, and will continue to be, paid to American authorship, so that what is really meritorious in it will stand a better chance of being appreciated abroad.