The Christian Examiner and Religious Miscellany
Unsigned Review
New York: May 1852


  Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly. By HARRIET BEECHER STOWE. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co. 1852. 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 312, 322.

  THIS is an American book. Our English critics will have no occasion to propose, as they so frequently do in treating our productions, some book of their own of which they can say that it is an imitation. Just now Miss Beecher rules in the book market. Even the two instalments of the "Bleak House," which the Messrs. Harpers, by an arrangement with Mr. Dickens, furnish so promptly and so cheaply, have not found so many readers as have hung over her pages. We shall not attempt any criticism of her work, for the perusal of it has left us in no mood for criticism. But we will express most warmly our admiration and gratitude, for we have been deeply impressed with the power and wisdom, the sound feeling and the acute judgement, with which the work is written, and we owe to Miss Beecher many earnest thanks. The true Christian philosophy which is practically applied by her to a subject of infinite difficulty, the skill shown in the delineation of character, the depth of sympathy manifested in the revelations of human hearts of a class not supposed by some to have hearts, the discretion with which she relieves a scene that is becoming too harrowing by turning upon it a cheerful light,—all these great qualities are exhibited by her in a most extraordinary manner. We will frankly say, that we know of no publication which promises to be more effective in the service of a holy but perilous work than this story of Miss Beecher's. If we could suppose that any number of our readers had not already perused, or at least secured, the volumes, we should be tempted to give them such an account of it as would hinder their reposing till they had planned to obtain it.