Harriet Beecher Stowe
Introduction by Mary B.
Graff and Edith Cowles
this Book now
In 1867, the author of Uncle
Tom's Cabin settled in a small cottage in Mandarin,
Florida, overlooking the St. Johns River. She had
promised her Boston publisher another novel but was so
taken with northeast Florida that she produced instead a
series of sketches of
the land and the people which she submitted in 1872 under
title Palmetto Leaves.
Stowe describes life in Florida
in the latter half of the 19th century--
"a tumble-down, wild, panicky kind of life--this
general happy-go-luckiness which Florida
inculcates." Her idyllic sketches
of picnicking, sailing, and river touring expeditions and
stories of events and people in this tropical
"winter summer" land became the first
unsolicited promotional writing to interest northern
tourists in Florida.
Florida Sand Dollar Book
1999. 352pp. 5 x 7 ½.
15 illustrations, map, index.
ISBN 0-8130-1693-2 Paper, $12.95
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