Palmetto Leaves


by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Introduction by Mary B. Graff and Edith Cowles

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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 the
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 simple
stories of events and people in this tropical "winter summer" land became the first unsolicited promotional writing to interest northern tourists in Florida.

A 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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