Congratulations to Barbara Hochman whose fascinating book on Uncle Tom's Cabin and its readers has won the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing's De Long Prize.
The Society awarded the 2012 DeLong Book History Book Prize to Professor Hochman for Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Reading Revolution: Race, Literacy, Childhood and Fiction, 1851 -1911 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).
As part of her research, Professor Hochman visited the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center which holds the largest collection of material related to the Beecher and Stowe extended families, members of the culturally significant Hartford, CT, Nook Farm neighborhood, and resources relating to Harriet Beecher Stowe's ground breaking novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
On behalf of the judging panel, Daniel Traister commented on this richly researched and important study:
"Even in this age of seeming electronic media domination, books still have enormous power. In the past, such book power was much more prevalent and sometimes had great historical implications. The focus of this year's winning book treats the role that one book has had, from a reading perspective, on American society since it first appeared in book form in 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.