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The phrase ‘American Renaissance,’ as applied to literature, was popularly established by the Harvard scholar F. O. Matthiessen in his 1941 book American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. Matthiessen calls the years between 1850 and 1855 an “extraordinarily concentrated moment of literary expression.” (p. vii) This text centers its discussion around five nineteenth century authors—none of which include women. They are: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman. Matthiessen reveals their origins of the nature and function of literature and the extent to which these were realized in their writings. Matthiessen overlooked and completely disregarded the women writers of the …show more content…
Shortly after that she began writing articles, essays and stories for it and other publications. At the age of twenty-one she moved from her hometown in Connecticut to Ohio with her father, who had become the president of Lane Theological Seminary. There, she also joined the Semi-Colon Club which was an informal organization of talented writers in Cincinnati, Ohio during the time. It was in that group that she met the man who would become her future husband—Calvin Ellis Stowe who was a widower and professor at the seminary. The two married on January 6, 1836. He was an keen critic of slavery and the two supported the Underground Railroad; they also, temporarily housed several fugitive slaves in their home. They had seven children together but unfortunately her one son did not make it. It was in Cincinnati that the couple experienced first-hand the reality of slavery the year was 1839, years before the Fugitive Slave Act was instated, when Harriet and Calvin learned that their own servant girl, whom they thought was a freed slave, was being hunted by her Kentucky owner. Calvin and Harriet’s brother drove her through the night to a friend’s home to hide. Stowe continued to write for magazines but she was also forming ideas for Uncle Tom’s Cabin but Stowe’s first novel, The Mayflower was published in 1843. The cholera epidemic was wreaking havoc on Cincinnati in 1849 and Calvin was suffering ill-health. Harriet’s

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