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This book is basically the story of a guy who finds out something scandalous about his family, is then falsely accused of murder, convicted, and sent to the colonies. He spends the next millionty years of his life being falsely accused of more crimes and being punished accordingly. Basically, he's Jean Valjean minus the singing and the bread. The first part of this story was completely action packed and I loved it. The second part featured a So apparently I never reviewed this last year? The second part featured a lot of Tasmanian convict history, and details of the establishment of the various penal colonies, which zzzzzz.

Especially if you have any background in Tasmanian history, which I do. Basically, that section was super dry and read like non-fiction. So on the whole, I really enjoyed this one. Except for the romance, which was pretty squicky at times. This is a classic? How can this be considered a classic? First of all. It's boooooooooooring.

No, it's not because of the style of writing common back then, because I happen to usually really enjoy books written in the 19th century. Seriously, Dickens rules, and while I know one can't go around comparing everyone to Dickens because it will never end well for the other author, I do expect them to be able to write at least some dialogue that doesn't make me cringe and I certainly expect them t This is a classic?

Seriously, Dickens rules, and while I know one can't go around comparing everyone to Dickens because it will never end well for the other author, I do expect them to be able to write at least some dialogue that doesn't make me cringe and I certainly expect them to know the difference between "then" and "than". What I don't look for is turgid monotonous narration interspersed with terrible dialogue that kills off the only likable character about a third of the way through the book.

Did I mention it's boring? Still, this was a first for me. I hated it so much, that instead of procrastinating over finishing the book, I actually made myself read it quickly because I was desperate to replace it with something fun to "get the taste out of my mouth", so to speak. I'm probably being overly harsh I seem to have really started off this way this year! Normally I'm really nice, I promise! Nov 24, Lisa rated it it was ok Shelves: novels. Very Victorian—like Dickens without the humor. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. While I thought the prose was a bit dated and slow to follow in some parts, the chapter order chopped and changed regularly, and also it was hard to time and date passages, which contributed to not being able to determine the duration of some events. While all of the above, this is brilliant piece of work which reminded me of Ken Follets Pillars of the Earth i.

The characters, were rich in flavour with many aspects which were relatable - there were the good and the bad, but each fitted the story excellently. The story was believable and interesting - a mutiny on an thyphoid ridden ship - why not, what choice do you have?! Some of the escape or ship wrecked scenes reminded me from other well know books and I could not help make the connection i. The ending - John Rex - what a twist he gave the book.

Did not see the blood relationship to Dawes until I had read well past his confesssion The lucky escape from Norfolk only to be lost at sea after 20 odd years of being a prisoner. The ending could have been left open in that Dawes and Sylvia would be known as assumed dead rather than the epilogue confirming it so. May 23, Estelle Borrey rated it really liked it. I find this book very powerful and compelling, with well drawn characters and memorable scenes. I have to say that it is the first book, which, in my experience, has made me physically sick, with its account of the inhumane flogging meted out to poor Kirkland.

It is one of those books that have the power to really make you pass through wonderful and terrible emotions, and question what makes a human, weak, strong wonderful. It questions social distinctions, and had me cheering for the underdog. Although I have not finished to get, I hope to God, that Rufus Dawes, the protagonist finds some measure of peace.

But I think it is a little hard blame only the perpetrators of the great wrongs committed on this story, without appreciating the context in which they live, and the system to which they have become accustomed. Whilst the individuals who support and validate cruel and barbaric treatment of the convicts, and that therefore partially to blame, I think it would be a mistake to condemn them out of hand. That's what I took away from it anyway.

Also I have to admit, I am much attracted to the strong character of Rufus Dawes, and the reflections on life and death, as well as moral questions of import which are raised in his narrative. The wedge between convict and respectable man becomes thinner, to such a degree that it separating or dividing line becomes at times almost indistinguishable and invisible.

Jan 04, Perseus Q rated it liked it. Should one suffer the gravest of injustices based solely on a coincidence, and it results in one unfairly punished and imprisoned for life, there's a novel in it. Rufus Dawes suffers eight of them Which is just stupid, and as each coincidental injustice occurred I groaned. Just the first would have done. It's a shame because the book was an exciting adventure yarn, and Clarke did not need to keep adding in all these injustices to make the book exciting These narrative twists actually took Should one suffer the gravest of injustices based solely on a coincidence, and it results in one unfairly punished and imprisoned for life, there's a novel in it.

These narrative twists actually took away from the book. What could have been a credulous super-adventure became a groan-inducing average adventure. Also, the bad guy, Frere, was too bad to be believable. And I liked his writing style. I could smell the story! Powerful book about early convict life in Australia. I am not Australian, but am married to one, and read this book to understand my other home. Certainly one of the great convict novels, and quite possibly the first great Australian novel, which was a bombshell when first published.

Suffice it to say that this was gripping, compelling reading from start to finish. I will long remember Rufus Dawes and his struggles. Most highly recommended. Apr 09, Ruth Gilbert rated it liked it. Okay I can see that it's a classic. But boy is it grim. And the ending, Lordy. Plus there's not much of a narrative drive. But if you want to know how to make a boat using branches and goat skin, it's a great read. Wonderful book! Such excellent writing.

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Loved reading it. Jul 02, Sandra rated it really liked it. Brutal and at times harrowing, this book provides a raw and realistic account of convict life in Colonial Australia. Sep 28, Wendy rated it it was amazing. Beautifully written. Definitely a classic. Aug 19, Velvetink rated it liked it Shelves: australia-new-zealand , historical-fiction , film-dvd-saw-it , genealogy-sources , film , zs. When you read this you realise why your family is so screwy. An historical fiction of one of the world's greatest sociological experiments: the prison colonies known as Australia.

What do you say about a novel that is considered a nascent classic of your nation's literature? It's been a movie and a TV mini-series most probably a radio drama before that My initial thoughts were: this is clunky - very old true, the novel was published in ; there's too much repetition, could do with better editing; very melodramatic - very he What do you say about a novel that is considered a nascent classic of your nation's literature? My initial thoughts were: this is clunky - very old true, the novel was published in ; there's too much repetition, could do with better editing; very melodramatic - very he's a goodie, he's a baddy.

As I read on though, I fell in love with the characters The punishments are so inhuman and horrific, that one cannot help but feel they are dramatically exaggerated. On the contrary, I feel they may be understated. NY: Library of America, Heineman, Helen. Athens: Ohio UP, Hildreth, Richard. Boston: Whipple and Damrell, History of the United States. NY: Harper, — The Slave; or, Memoirs of Archy Moore. Boston: J. Eastburn, The White Slave or, Memoirs of a Fugitive. Boston : Tappan and Whittemore, Hildreth, William H. Trollope in Porkopolis. Irving, Mary. Stephen Railton and the University of Virginia.

Kissel, Susan S. Merrill, Walter M. Let the Oppressed Go Free, — Vol 5. The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison, — Neville-Sington, Pamela. New York: Viking, Newberry, Dr. Newstedt, J. Parker, Theodore. Discourses of Slavery Vol. The Collected Works of Theodore Parker. Frances Power Cobbe. Boston: James Munore and Company, Pingel, Martha A. NY: Columbia UP, Ransom, Teresa. Fanny Trollope: A Remarkable Life. New York: St. Martin's P, Scudder, Harold H. Trollope and Slavery in America.

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Congress as payment for Revolutionary War debts. These sons of Boston , New York , Philadelphia and Baltimore brought with them a desire to create in Cincinnati the cultural institutions they had left behind and to compete with the advancement of colleges, hospitals, libraries and museums in their former cities. Cincinnati expanded rapidly and by with , people, it was the sixth largest city in the nation. With this change it brought new wealth and the ability to transform Cincinnati from a frontier town into an important commercial city.

The community of Cincinnati staffed these fledgling institutions from all professions by hiring promising young Cincinnatians and also hiring talent from outside of the city. Nicholas Longworth [4] , a prominent Cincinnatian, was so impressed he offered to send Powers to Italy. Powers rejected his offer because he did not feel he had learned enough to make this move since he had just begun his sculpture studies.

In this decade Americans were beginning to ask themselves, why we have American painters and no American sculptors. America had had painters for generations with some achieving international prominence, yet the country had no American sculptors. The new United States capital building in Washington D. These men achieved reputations of national prominence as sculptors. Other talented sculptors who never achieved careers of national celebrity were John Frankenstein as a sculptor , Nathan Baker, John Whetstone, and Mrs. Caroline Wilson. Artistic reputations were built on social conversations and newspaper accounts of newly finished works.

The first art exhibitions were not held until , after Powers had left Cincinnati. Then four were held in rapid succession from to He collected portrait commissions as his stature as a sculptor grew. Thomas a newspaper publisher when passing the stone carving shop where Clevenger worked admired a cherub, and enquired who made it, Clevenger answered he had.

Thomas asked him to carve his portrait, which Clevenger did in the local freestone. Clevenger in turn, when perusing a portrait commission in Kentucky in , met Joel Tanner Hart, a young Kentucky stone carver and encouraged him to come to Cincinnati. Both Clevenger and Hart eventually followed Powers to Florence. The newspapers in the city reported the progress and completion of new works of sculpture. Joel T. Hart, sculptor, at the south-east corner of Seventh and Race streets. Hart has spent some months,… modeling Henry Clay [8] and has produced several copies, which he now has ready for delivery….

The struggle to fulfill the subscription was hard and Longworth repeatedly gave additional funds and cajoled members of the community to make it happen. Powers was certainly the catalysts which spurred Cincinnatians to begin the search to find other sculptural talent in the eighteen thirties. Rome was the artistic capital of the world in this period. Most of the fine arts academics in Europe ended their period of study with a competition among the students and the winners of these competitions were sent to Rome for a period of extended study.

Why did Powers pick Florence? The answer is Horatio Greenough, [12] the young sculptor from Boston. He was older than Powers and Powers met him in when Greenough received his first commission from the United States government. Powers was collecting his portrait commissions on the east coast and Greenough had returned from Italy to conduct business concerning his sculpture before returning to Italy. Powers, impressed by Greenough, took his advice. Greenough came from a very different background than Powers and was educated at Harvard University. He perused a career in sculpture and in left for Rome , where he studied for several years.

Rome was a city which was dominated by the presence of the Danish Sculptor Albert Bertel Thorwaldsen. Antonio Canova had died in and Thorwaldsen had taken on the mantle as the most important neoclassic practitioner of sculpture. Greenough spent a year and a half in Rome and began to feel that this austerity was not compatible with the American naturalism he sought to include in his work. The other school of thought concerning sculpture was rapidly developing in Florence where Greenough settled in Bartolini floundered for a decade working in England and even considered coming to the United States to work on the U.

Capital building. His goal was not to isolate just the most beautiful aspects to be found in nature but to study all aspects, the beautiful, the ugly, and the deformed. It was focused on a study of Raphael and the Italian renaissance in Florence. Stefano Ricci the head of the sculpture department at the Florentine academy had died. He had been a classicist in the Thorwaldsen vein and of moderate talent, Bartolini moved up to become head of the department.

The Academy consisted of a school of painting, architecture, drawing and sculpture. Each department had twelve professors who composed the faculty, four of these professors taught and the other eight were responsible for consultation in the annual and biannual competitions. Their other responsibilities as a body of twelve was to consult and recommend to the Tuscan government on public works in their field newly commissioned works and maintenance of works. Powers arrived in Florence in the year that Bartolini took over as head of the sculpture department at the academy and begins major changes in the department.

Bartolini introduces a study of naturalism into the classroom as a formal part of the curriculum, which had only been unofficially offered when Greenough was studying. Bartolini was intrigued by the American sculptors Greenough and Powers. For Bartolini, Powers must have seemed a fresh and natural talent since he had not come from the traditional European academic training system. Powers self-trained naturalism was what interested Bartolini.

At this time Bartolini introduced into the classroom a hunchback as a model, because he wished for students to study nature in all its fullness. This not only produced a scandal with the old academics but became a subject of broad public comment and discussion in newspaper articles.

As Powers settles down into the life of the city, his appearance did not go unnoticed, he slips into the artistic life of the city. He works hard and learns. His natural talents are infused with the ideas of Bartolini. From his letters it is difficult to understand the full interaction he had with the other sculptors, but from what happened next it is evident that Powers was very active and aware of what was happening in the sculptural world of Florence. Bartolini as head of the department makes Greenough a professor, in September of and a year latter Powers was appointed a professor, in September of Their type of appointment makes them professors who are active in the department of sculpture.

Understand, we are not talking about membership in the academy which was usually an honorary membership as given by the Florence Academy and by many other academies to notable men. Powers and Greenough were made two of the twelve professors involved in the active management of the sculpture department. Making a foreigner a full professor of the department was an extremely rare occurrence. All the full professors had to be residents of Florence.

This position meant that Powers and Greenough were interacting with Bartolini and his classroom. Throughout the eighteen forties Powers exhibited at the academy exhibitions and attended the annual student jurying for prizes. Florence in the forties was a city of intellectual excitement. The sculptural program in these rooms is impressive.

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The other noteworthy sculptural event of these years was the ongoing commissions for the sculptures for the exterior gallery of the Uffizi. The commissions for the statues went to Florentine sculptors. The 28 sculptures were created throughout the forties and into the fifties. During the eighteen forties Powers was very active in the Italian community this began to be a problem for him.

The concept of Powers as an American isolated from the Italia arts community is unfounded, it is in part encouraged by Powers himself in defense of his Americanism and a fear of his being viewed as becoming too Italian. But it was not to last. The revolutions that swept Europe in and , came also to Tuscany.

The Grand Duke, who had fled Tuscany , returned to Florence after his exile a changed man, his liberal feelings swept away. The fifties were a decade of repression and intellectual stagnation. Florence 's decade of importance as a center of sculptural study rapidly dwindled. The political changes affected not just Florence but also Rome.

The previously progressive attitude of the Pope changed as it had with the Grand Duke. Both returned to power with the help of Austrian and French troops; Italy was occupied and controlled by foreign armies. The centers of art were beginning to shift north. Hart was thirty nine years of age when he arrives in Florence , Powers had been thirty three. In Hart finds a city defeated and repressed. Did Hart choose Florence because of Powers? They of course knew Florence in this period of cultural excitement, heightened by the increasing fame of Powers. Of course Italy also provided the American sculptor access to marble, craftsmen and museums, all unavailable in the United States.

The next generation of American artists knew it also offered exceptional art training in its academies, a level of study not available in America. In the nineteenth century Florence had a large English population, by some estimates a third of the population. The British maintained a society apart from the Italians and the American colony followed the British example. The English speaking community maintained its own clubs, schools and churches.

This tendency of separation becomes increasing true also for the American artists after the s. The interaction of Italian and American artists true of the eighteen forties ceases. Italian sculpture also enters into a period of little artistic advancement, particularly in Florence , which is dominated by a style of pictorial and genre sculpture. When Powers left America for Florence in he had worked on and received about fifty-two portrait commissions.

Many of these would be executed in marble.


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Powers received approximately forty-two portrait commissions in the next decade, from the time he arrived in Italy up to During the American Civil war he had only sixteen portrait commissions, of these seven were British, the nine American commissions were clients attached to the American legation in Florence or Americans living in Europe, including two memorial pieces, and one from a traveling American.

From to he had twenty-five portrait commissions with twenty additional in the last three years of his life, of these forty five portraits only five were British. His studio produced about five hundred and twenty ideal busts of his various subjects and about thirty-one life size statues in marble. With the coming of the Civil War the commissions disappeared and for the remainder of his life he had few new commissions.

Over all he received about forty-three portrait commissions and three commissions for the full size Clay statue. He created three ideal subjects. The market was one of wealthy traveling Americans. The advent of the steam ship was changing the way people traveled. The days of passenger sailing ships requiring thirty or more days for an Atlantic crossing, depending on wind and weather, were passing.

Europe was becoming available to the wealthy tourist as a vacation spot, you could get there and back without dedicating a half year or more for that once in a life time experience of a grand tour. Wealthy tourists visiting Florence or Rome might consider sitting for a portrait. The rational for the selection of one sculptor over another is problematic, fame, mutual friends or perhaps sculptor and client were from the same town. Cornelius Vanderbilt decided to sit for Powers, Mrs. Vanderbilt with Hart. Powers had learned artistic lessons. This is difficult to perceive looking back from our perspective.

Perhaps Hart was not aware of the profound changes in Florence or at forty was not interested in the changing philosophies of art. Perhaps he felt Hiram Powers the famous sculptor would act as a professor, but even Powers was fixed in his style by this point, the art world had moved on.

There are other interesting similarities between the two men, they came from a background of the same friends in Cincinnati and both dabbled as inventors, a passion shared by many Americans in the nineteenth century. The working process was for the sculptor to model the subject in clay, capturing in this malleable medium the essence of his thoughts and expression.

For most sculptors this was the creative essence of their art. Because of the fragile nature of the clay model a plaster cast was made reproducing the clay exactly. In some cases the artist continued to model on the plaster cast, adding plaster and removing it. At this point the plaster was given to the carvers, and they began to copy the plaster cast by carving it in a block of marble. The pointing tool was the measuring devise used to determine the cutting of the marble, how much to remove, and how to arrive at the proper depth of cut. Pointing tools had been widely used for hundreds of years, with artists often improving on the design.

Powers had refined a design for his pointing machine. Hart also invented a pointing machine. This machine was so complicated in design and use that it startled the various sitters who agreed to submit to it. He would seem to be removing the art from the process and reducing the sculpture to a mere mechanical copy of the sitter. The debate about portrait photography and the painted portrait was becoming current at this time.

Critics in his day suggest he relied on it to the extent of taking the art out of his sculpture. He certainly used it on clients to take dimensions for the clay. His claim that it primarily served to expedite the copying of antique sculpture for clients, does not explain why he used it to work with clay and a living model.


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The lessons learned in the sculptors modeling classes at the art schools were the background of the professional sculptor. Hart did not have this training. Hart, like Shobal Vail Clevenger, began as a stone carver. Clevenger at the beginning of his career had executed the first eight or nine of his portraits in Ohio sandstone, carving directly without the use of a plaster model. Nicholas Longworth admonished Clevenger about this.

Clevenger then began modeling, and conserving the models in plaster until he arrived in Italy where he would then carve them in marble. Carving is the process of removing material to arrive at the sculpture, while modeling is building up to arrive at the sculpture, two opposite approaches arriving at the same end. Powers in his early years modeled in wax, arriving at a point of proficiency where he created very lifelike heads, in the vein of Madam Tussaud. Perhaps it was just the loss of the American tourist trade caused by the Civil War. The city began to fill with the new Italian bureaucrats coming from all over Italy.

The new capital needed to look like a capital, the city walls were knocked down, new squares were created and new suburbias designed. Powers built his new home in one of these newly opened areas. Florence was still a tourist center and the American tourists returned. But Hart was struggling, he did not have the resources or the reputation that Powers had. Again the city was vibrant. Powers continued to be involved in the Academy where he attended the voting for the prizes. This area under Poggio Imperiale became and continues to be a quarter of artists.

Powers lived here until his death in when he was interred in the Protestant cemetery. The plaster was used as a mold to cast a likeness of the deceased.

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Hart lived another four years but remained poor with little work. Though his statue of Henry Clay was executed in three versions, he never succeeded in other public commissions. For his last days friends moved him into a hotel. The Capital building burned shortly thereafter and the sculpture was destroyed. Like Powers, Hart also was buried in the Protestant Cemetery. The contrast of the two sculptors is stark, Powers became a master sculptor, helped by being in the right places at the right times.

Hart on the other hand, perhaps not as talented and certainly not as well trained as Powers, arrived too late in both Cincinnati and Florence. Hiram Powers and his wife. Circa , from a nineteenth century engraving. Joel Tanner Hart. This is the basic catalogue resume for a look a Powers career. His collection consisted of Cincinnati Artists, Painters and sculptors as well as other American and European works.

Object from the collections were included in the first art exhibitions held in Cincinnati in the late eighteen thirties and forties. He developed an illness in and started to return to the United States and died on shipboard. Powers finished a number of Clevenger's commissioned portraits left unfinished in Florence.

Clevenger was a brilliant sculptor and might have achieved a successful and brilliant career, as evidenced by the last work in marble that he finished, a portrait of William Henry Harrison, now in the Mercantile Library, Cincinnati , Ohio. He rose to national prominence as an important speaker in the Congress. Is an excellent source to understand the complexity and richness of the Roman art scene. This consists of a number of articles some of which deal with this period. Leo S. Olschki, Theodore A. Gantz is a professional sculptor who has been working in Cincinnati since His Studio operates under the name of Sycamore St.

Studio, he and his partner Robert Dyehouse create sculpture, fountains, furniture, lighting and garden design by commission. The American collection is balanced by their contemporary nineteenth century Florentines, with works by Lorenzo Bartolini, Odoardo Fantocchiotti, and Pasquale Romanelli. Gantz has a Masters in art history and has been writing and lecturing on nineteenth century sculpture for the past 20 years.

His writing and research have focused on the Cincinnati-Florence group of sculptors, particularly Hiram Powers and Shobal Clevenger. He has researched and lectured on the importance of the artist made plaster sculpture of the nineteenth century. They give here much documentation concerning Hart's posthumous fame in the State of Kentucky. Josiah and Judith were pioneers of what was considered the western frontier in the very late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, coming to Kentucky not long after Daniel Boone started Boonesboro.

Due to business misfortunes of his father, Joel Hart had very little opportunity for a formal education, although he made every attempt to gain an education whenever the opportunity allowed it. His mother died when he was fifteen, and his father was living with the Tanner family so Joel left the sense of security of home life to start a life for himself. He started in Bourbon County, Kentucky building stone fences, and not long after, moved to Lexington, Kentucky to work as a stone mason.

His work flourished, and it was noticed by those that were interested in the ideal art. He soon had made contacts with clients to make busts of well known leaders in the United States. Just like his works of sculpture, Joel Hart also flourished. He traveled to Washington D. While in Richmond, VA. This decision moved his operations to Florence, Italy in After a number of setbacks, he completed his Clay statue, and in , returned to the United States to be at its unveiling ceremony. He brought with him two small granite grave markets that he had made, and placed them at the gravesites of his parents.

The farm boy who was born in Clark county, the fence builder of Bourbon county, the stonemason of Lexington, and one of the greatest sculptors the world has ever known died on March 2, Dunn makes mention of items in Joel T. The parts of the will that are mentioned in this article are as follows:. Pomeroy, and a book of his poetry was never published. To George H. Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Gen.

James Taylor, Robert Wickliffe, J. Crittenden, Rev. Alexander Campbell, Erasmus Bigelow, Dr. Dudley, J. Wasen Grigsby, Genieve Ward and Nicholas Smith; all the other portraits in plaster, together with the plaster statue of Henry Clay, to be broken up and destroyed. He bequeathed to Henry J. Pindell, of Louisville, Ky. To Mr. Tripods and other paraphernalia were included in this section of the bequest. In case Mr. Pindell did not accept, they were to be given to R. Menefee, Louisville, Ky. Hart bequeathed to George H. Saul and A. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, the poet, and Hiram Powers, well-known sculptor.

The following newspaper articles are death notices and obituaries of the great sculptor. There were undoubtedly others throughout Kentucky and the United States, some of which have been lost through time, and others not printed in this document simply for reasons of space. These examples, although, do show the respect and honor that the people of the world had for Joel Tanner Hart.

Hart, American sculptor, died here today. Joel Hart, whose death is announced from Italy, was a native of Kentucky, and the people of this state have for years evinced a just pride in his fame. The statue of Henry Clay, which stands in the rotunda of the court house, in this city, is a sample of his workmanship.

He was a man of true genius, and his career has reflected honor upon the state of Kentucky which he was so worthy a son. JOEL T. Death in Florence of the Famous. Sculptor and Honored. A cable telegram from Florence, Italy, yesterday, announced the death of Joel T. Hart, the great American sculptor, who has not only made Kentucky famous by his excellence and renown, but pronounced with unanimity by the art world the greatest of sculptors, living or dead. Hart lived to the good age of sixty-seven years, and, unlike many great men whose graves are wreathed in laurels, he lived in the midst of his fame.

The story of his wonderful achievements was not reserved to be presented now as a memorial to his illustrious life. For more than a quarter of a century he has been known to fame, and during all these years every stroke of the chisel has added interest to the story of his greatness as an artist, while in every civilized nation specimens of his master handiwork have made his name familiar. Every touch upon the obdurate marble obdurate at the touch of ordinary workmen, but plastic in the hands of the master brought fresh tributes of admiration from the art-loving world.

But Joel Hart was not a man given to self-adulation. Though he lived to see the triumph of his every effort, he worked along in an unpretentious way, as one in the humble walks of life, until failing health made him lay down his mallet and abandon his studio. Hart was born in Clark county, Ky. His school-life was but three months long, and the little knowledge which he gained in early life he acquired by poring over books at night by the light of a wood fire upon a rude county hearth-stone.

In the choice of occupations he naturally turned his hand to work in stone, and earned his subsistence by rough stone-work, particularly in building chimneys and fences. In he removed to Lexington, Ky. Soon afterwards he began to model busts in clay, making good likenesses of many noted persons, among whom were General Jackson and Cassius M. The latter gave him his first commission for his bust in marble.

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This was true to life, and was followed by Andrew Jackson, John J. Crittenden and Henry Clay, which gave him popular appreciation at once. Upon the model of this work he spent three years, studying from life. He went to Florence, Italy, in the fall of , to transfer his work to marble. For a year he awaited the shipment of his model, only to learn that it had been shipwrecked in the Bay of Biscay. A duplicate model at home was sent for, and then other delays occurred. Finally the model came, the work progressed slowly, and after thirteen years of patient toil and trouble the great work was finished.

It was shipped on August 29, , and set up in the capital grounds at Richmond. Next followed a colossal bronze statue of Mr. Clay for New Orleans, and then came from the hands of Mr. Hart the beautiful marble statue of him which adorns the rotunda of the court-house of this city, inaugurated May 30, The Clay statue in the Louisville court-house has been the admiration of all who visit it, and those who were familiar with the man are struck with wonder at the exact resemblance to the original in all its parts.

Two gentlemen, both Kentuckians, and enthusiastic friends of Mr. Clay, were one day making a critical examination of the statue, and commenting on the various effects. When they had finished, one of them had turned to the other and said:. How dare you speak thus of such a man as Joel Hart?

Can you find fault with such a grand piece of handiwork as that? It is perfect. Over the years scholars have postulated a number of theories about what Stowe was trying to say with the novel aside from the obvious themes, such as condemning slavery. For example, as an ardent Christian and active abolitionist, Stowe placed many of her religious beliefs into the novel.

Was the use of violence to oppose the violence of slavery and the breaking of proslavery laws morally defensible? Scholars have also seen the novel as expressing the values and ideas of the Free Will Movement. Dinah, who operates on passion. During the course of the novel Ophelia is transformed, just as the Republican Party three years later proclaimed that the North must transform itself and stand up for its antislavery principles.

Feminist theory can also be seen at play in Stowe's book, with the novel as a critique of the patriarchal nature of slavery. Moreover, Stowe viewed national solidarity as an extension of a person's family, thus feelings of nationality stemmed from possessing a shared race. Consequently, she advocated African colonization for freed slaves and not amalgamation into American society. The book has also been seen as an attempt to redefine masculinity as a necessary step toward the abolition of slavery. In order to change the notion of manhood so that men could oppose slavery without jeopardizing their self-image or their standing in society, some abolitionists drew on principles of women's suffrage and Christianity as well as passivism, and praised men for cooperation, compassion, and civic spirit.

Others within the abolitionist movement argued for conventional, aggressive masculine action. All the men in Stowe's novel are representations of either one kind of man or the other. Some modern scholars and readers have criticized the book for supposedly condescending racist descriptions of the black characters' appearances, speech, and behavior, as well as the passive nature of Uncle Tom in accepting his fate.

Among the stereotypes of blacks in Uncle Tom's Cabin are [15] the "happy darky" in the lazy, carefree character of Sam ; the light-skinned tragic mulatto as a sex object in the characters of Eliza, Cassy, and Emmeline ; the affectionate, dark-skinned female mammy through several characters, including Mammy, a cook at the St. Clare plantation ; the pickaninny stereotype of black children in the character of Topsy ; the Uncle Tom, an African American who is too eager to please white people. Stowe intended Tom to be a "noble hero" and a Christ-like figure who, like Jesus at his crucifixion, forgives the people responsible for his death.

The false stereotype of Tom as a "subservient fool who bows down to the white man", and the resulting derogatory term "Uncle Tom", resulted from staged " Tom Shows ", which replaced Tom's grim death with an upbeat ending where Tom causes his oppressors to see the error of their ways, and they all reconcile happily. Stowe had no control over these shows and their alteration of her story. These negative associations have to some extent obscured the historical impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin as a "vital antislavery tool".


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In recent years, however, scholars such as Henry Louis Gates Jr. This so-called Anti-Tom literature generally took a pro-slavery viewpoint, arguing that the issues of slavery as depicted in Stowe's book were overblown and incorrect. The novels in this genre tended to feature a benign white patriarchal master and a pure wife, both of whom presided over childlike slaves in a benevolent extended family style plantation.

The novels either implied or directly stated that African Americans were a childlike people [81] unable to live their lives without being directly overseen by white people. Simms' book was published a few months after Stowe's novel, and it contains a number of sections and discussions disputing Stowe's book and her view of slavery. Hentz's novel, widely read at the time but now largely forgotten, offers a defense of slavery as seen through the eyes of a northern woman—the daughter of an abolitionist, no less—who marries a southern slave owner. In the decade between the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin and the start of the American Civil War , between twenty and thirty anti-Tom books were published.

Smith and the other by C. Wiley and a book by John Pendleton Kennedy. More than half of these anti-Tom books were written by white women, with Simms commenting at one point about the "Seemingly poetic justice of having the Northern woman Stowe answered by a Southern woman. Even though Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century, far more Americans of that time saw the story as a stage play or musical than read the book.

Given the lax copyright laws of the time, stage plays based on Uncle Tom's Cabin —"Tom shows"—began to appear while the novel was still being serialized. Stowe refused to authorize dramatization of her work because of her distrust of drama although she did eventually go to see George L. Aiken 's version and, according to Francis Underwood, was "delighted" by Caroline Howard's portrayal of Topsy. No international copyright laws existed at the time. The book and plays were translated into several languages; Stowe received no money, which could have meant as much as "three-fourths of her just and legitimate wages.

All of the Tom shows appear to have incorporated elements of melodrama and blackface minstrelsy. The version by Aiken is perhaps the best known stage adaptation, released just a few months after the novel was published. This six-act behemoth also set an important precedent by being the first show on Broadway to stand on its own, without the performance of other entertainments or any afterpiece. This reliance led to large sets and set a precedent for the future days of film.

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The many stage variants of Uncle Tom's Cabin "dominated northern popular culture The title is a corruption of "melodrama", thought to harken back to the earliest minstrel shows , as a film short based on a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin by the Disney characters.

Mickey Mouse was already black-colored, but the advertising poster for the film shows Mickey dressed in blackface with exaggerated, orange lips; bushy, white sidewhiskers made out of cotton; and his trademark white gloves. Uncle Tom's Cabin has been adapted several times as a film.

Most of these movies were created during the silent film era Uncle Tom's Cabin was the most-filmed book of that time period. The first film version of Uncle Tom's Cabin was one of the earliest full-length movies although full-length at that time meant between 10 and 14 minutes.

Porter , used white actors in blackface in the major roles and black performers only as extras. This version was evidently similar to many of the "Tom Shows" of earlier decades and featured numerous stereotypes about blacks such as having the slaves dance in almost any context, including at a slave auction.

In , a three-reel Vitagraph Company of America production was directed by J. Stuart Blackton and adapted by Eugene Mullin. According to The Dramatic Mirror , this film was "a decided innovation" in motion pictures and "the first time an American company" released a dramatic film in three reels.

Until then, full-length movies of the time were 15 minutes long and contained only one reel of film. At least four more movie adaptations were created in the next two decades. The last silent film version was released in Directed by Harry A. The black actor Charles Gilpin was originally cast in the title role, but he was fired after the studio decided his "portrayal was too aggressive. Lowe took over the character of Tom. The screenplay takes many liberties with the original book, including altering the Eliza and George subplot, introducing the Civil War and Emancipation, and combining the characters of Eliza and Emmeline.

Black media outlets of the time praised the film, but the studio—fearful of a backlash from Southern and white film audiences—ended up cutting out controversial scenes, including the film's opening sequence at a slave auction in which a mother is torn away from her baby. Pollard, Thew and A. Younger , with titles by Walter Anthony.

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It starred James B. For several decades after the end of the silent film era, the subject matter of Stowe's novel was judged too sensitive for further film interpretation. In , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer considered filming the story but ceased production after protests led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The most recent film version was a television broadcast in , directed by Stan Lathan and adapted by John Gay. Jackson and Endyia Kinney. In addition to film adaptations, versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin have been produced in other formats. This controversial film set the dramatic climax in a slave cabin similar to that of Uncle Tom, where several white Southerners unite with their former enemy Yankee soldiers to defend, according to the film's caption, their " Aryan birthright.

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