There was a glass case with all kinds of editions in all kinds of languages by which I was very impressed. That was the beginning of me collecting 'Uncle Tom' books. Most books in my collection are in the dutch language since they are easier to obtain. I do want to get my hands on other languages though.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the novel, later wrote 'The Key to Uncle Tom'. Stowe wrote this book to defend her novel against one of the most wide-spread complaints that pro-slavery critics lodged against it. Because I work in a University Library I once had the change to hold a copy of this key in my hands (they are quite rare). Ofcourse nowadays the novel as well as the The Key to Uncle Tom can be read online. But never ever will that replace the smell and feel of a real book.
If it so happens I got you interested visit this site. It is amazing. It's an extensive multi-media archive on the book 'Uncle Toms cabin' and on American Culture.
I have to write something about The little friend by Donna Tart again. It's an enticing book! Although it's a very different story somehow the atmosphere of the book reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It's remniscent of hot, hazy, long-gone summerdays. Wonderful books, both of them!
Because the weather looked so nice today I planned on spending the day outside in the backyard with a book.
But this site kept me busy and now the sky has clouded over. I guess that will keep me glued to the computer a bit longer ;). I am reading The little friend by Donna Tart.