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Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Years Published: 1851–52

Type: Novel

Genre: Drama

Perspective and Narrator:

Uncle Tom's Cabin is told mostly from the third-person point of view, but sometimes the story is told in the second person. The narrator is often omniscient, but in some cases the narrator is a real person giving subjective observations on events.


Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

In the title Uncle Tom's Cabin, Uncle Tom refers to the nickname of the story's main character—the heroic enslaved Tom. The cabin where he lives with his family as the story opens, before he is sold to pay off his owner's debts, is the plantation's spiritual center for the enslaved people and a place of comfort for all.


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