The Independent
Unsigned Article
New York: 9 December 1852

  UNCLE TOM LITERATURE.—Norton's Literary Gazette for November gives a supplemental catalogue of progress in this branch of literature, to which that journal first gave a name. It first notices four editions in the United States, the original, Jewett's illustrated edition, a German version by Prof. Hutton at 50 centers, and a pamphlet (illicit) issue in California. Then come nineteen different editions in England, one of which, at 1s., has reached 180,000 copies; another sells at 6d.; three others are at 3s. 6d.; three at 2s. d., and the rest at 1s. Tauchnitz, at Leipsic, has one edition in English. Two French versions are in preparation, and we know not how many German. Four distinct reviews have been published. The Appletons have a work in press by Miss McIntosh. Simms has come out with a new novel for the South, entitled "The Sword and Distaff," descriptive of the perplexities attending the restoration of slave property after the evacuation of Charleston by the British in the time of the revolution. If truthful, it contains some rich passages. The review of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in the London Times, which afforded so rich consolation to the cottonites, religious and secular, that it was reprinted by tens of thousands, was not the mind of the Times itself, as is seen by the following extract of a leader subsequently published, which gives the veritable and authentic judgment of the "Thunderer":—

  "Uncle Tom's Cabin is a masterpiece of composition.—The pathos is of the simplest and profoundest, the humor is exquisite, and the sway of the narrative is that of an eager, unworn, and fearfully earnest pen. The very idioms recommend themselves by their naturalness and truth. When the American speaker says 'he cannot sleep nights,' or 'he has traveled some in his time,' or uses similar uncouth talk, the ear is gratified rather than offended by the unwonted, but still appropriate phrase."—Times, Sept. 18th.