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Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best selling novel of the nineteenth century. The book is named for the central character and depicts the harsh reality of slavery. The book had such a significant impact that on meeting Stowe, Abraham Lincoln said; "So this is the little lady who made this big war". A product of it's time, the book is interesting also for it's illustration of stereotypes that even abolitionists could not recognise.
Lewis "Lew" Wallace was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, and American statesman.
He is best remembered for Ben-Hur, an historical fiction set amongst the characters of the New Testament.
It was America's best selling novel for nearly sixty years after it's publication.
Follow the wikipedia link to see a great photo of the author.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...' famous opening words of the Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Set against the French Revolution, this is a story of two men with very separate destinies but drawn towards the same woman. Considered by many to be one of Dickens' most memorable works. A must read.
The immense popularity of Common Sense contributed to fomenting the American Revolution. The work is a political pamphlet denouncing British rule written by Thomas Paine and first published in 1776. To help spread its ideas Paine donated the copyright for Common Sense and paid for the first printing himself. At the height of its popularity only the Bible outsold it.
The story Master and Man tells the tale of a master and his peasant who journey to another town for business in a blizzard. Lost on their way, the peasant begins to suffer from hypothermia verging on death. The master nonetheless feels compelled to press on in the journey until a moral revelation befalls him. How will he try to save his peasant? A very moving story. Classic Tolstoy story-telling.
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