New York Observer and Chronicle
New York: 18 September 1856


...DRED; a Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. By Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Co.

  As an artistic and literary work, this is superior to Uncle Tom's Cabin. It is wrought with great dramatic power, many parts of it elaborated with successful attempts at word-painting, giving a fearful life-likeness to the sketches of persons and scenes, and making deep draughts upon the sensibilities of the reader. It is also strongly marked by some of the characteristics of its predecessor—its disregard of facts, its contempt of orthodox religion, its abundance of profane and vulgar language, and its constant mistaking a particular fact for a general truth.