Uncle Tom and Dr. Kay Scarpetta

One is a black man, a slave on a plantation in the 19th century; the other a white woman in the 21st century, a medical examiner fighting crime as a forensic detective. What could this odd couple possibly have in common? For one, they are both the fictional creations of phenomenally successful women authors, whose […]

Talk About Your Classics . . .

Journalist and auction hound Sherry Howard was poking around a box of old magazines and pamphlets and you’ll never guess what she found (well, you might): “Then I came to the prize: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe as a comic book. “The prominent face on the cover art looked to be the actor […]

Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax

To quote Lewis Carroll’s Walrus, “The time has come to talk of many things” and this Uncle Tom’s Cabin post is a bit of a 1-2-3 ramble; a grab bag of items. 1. I was taken by this find by an English (?) country (?) “Lady of a certain age” (as she describes herself) – […]

There is more depth . . .

“. . . there is more depth to this iconic anti-slavery melodrama than generally thought.” So says Back Stage theater critic Erik Haagensen, as he singles out actor Alex Marshall-Brown as one of his top 10 NYC theater performances for 2010, for her portrayal of Topsy in the Metropolitan Playhouse’s production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. […]

Twain and the “N-Word”

This week has been full of buzz about the impending publication of a new edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – one in which the the word “nigger” is to be purged and replaced with other, presumably less offensive terminology, such as “slave.” This has raised a considerable hue and cry while […]

Why Study Uncle Tom’s Cabin?

2011 is the bicentennial of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Which makes it a very big year for Uncle Tom’s Cabin! Our DVD will be useful to people of all ages, but we think it can be especially valuable to secondary school-aged kids and their […]

Merry Christmas Uncle Tom

I found two fun, interesting Christmas references to Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the web today: one from the 1860s and one from the 1960s. First, published on this very day 150 years ago – Dec 26, 1860 – is a pretty entertaining piece in the New York Times about Christmas in Brooklyn. (That would be […]

Metropolitan Playhouse Production

George L. Aiken’s stage version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin was produced by the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York City this past November and December, giving me a rare opportunity to see a live presentation. I noted with pleasure that both the New York Times reviewer, Rachel Saltz, and the Village Voice reviewer, Michael Feingold, offered […]

Any Good Toys for Xmas?

SO – get any good toys this year? Get what you were hoping for? When I was a kid, one of my favorites for a while was Lincoln Logs. Me and about a zillion other kids. Lincoln Logs were popular before I was born and are probably still a pretty big seller today. Can you […]

The “Real” Uncle Tom

Plans are moving ahead for an Uncle Tom’s Cabin museum centering on a Maryland property that was once part of a slave-owning plantation – and once the home of the slave Josiah Henson. Is the log cabin on this property the “real” Uncle Tom’s Cabin? Is Josiah Henson the “real” Uncle Tom? The project came […]