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What might a young boy living with his parents in a sleepy seaside town in 18th century England fancy? An adventure in search of buried treasure in exotic locations might seem like just the thing. But what young Jim Hawkins doesn't realise is that there is much more to this horrifying adventure when the buccaneering pirate Long John Silver and his band are involved. A gripping tale and a marvellous coming-of-age story.
Edgar Allan Poe reviewed this collection of short stories and said:
"The style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective -- wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes."
He concluded that,
"we look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth."
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.
Utilitarianism - achieving the greatest good for the greatest number. Well-known Western philosopher John Stuart Mill proposes the concept of utilitarianism as a moral standard by which to judge actions.
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