The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe (CWHBS) has commissioned Wesley Raabe to edit Uncle Tom’s Cabin for volume 1, Antislavery Writings. Raabe is Associate Professor of English at Kent State University and a specialist in scholarly editing and digital publication. He currently serves as the Textual Editor of CWHBS and as a member of the Advisory Board of The Collected Works of Edith Wharton (also Oxford University Press). He is the editor of the letters of Louisa Van Velsor Whitman, mother to the poet Walt Whitman and serves on the advisory board of Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing. In addition to his scholarly articles on Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he is the editor of the National Era text of that novel on Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture and the weekly installment re-issue from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center blog.
Joan Hedrick and Susan Belasco, General Editors, are pleased to announce a contract with Oxford University Press for The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In collaboration with Wesley Raabe, the Textual Editor, Joan and Susan have established an Advisory Board, prepared an extensive editorial handbook, and are now in the process of selecting volume editors for the 33 planned volumes. Given the centrality of Stowe’s role in establishing the profession of American literature and the ongoing interest in her literary accomplishments today, it is a paradox that there has been no scholarly edition of her collected works. Based on the most current scholarship, the purpose of The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe is to provide a robust, readable edition of Stowe’s novels, travel writing, poetry, short stories and sketches, religious writings, and journalism, as well as an edition of her letters. We seek to build a reliable textual foundation for the next generation of Stowe scholars and students. Each volume in the Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe will be printed in a hardback of 500-600 pages, depending on the volume contents. As with Oxford’s other editions, The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe will also be available by individual or institutional subscription through the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online series. With the support of volume editors from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, these scholarly editions will allow direct access to Stowe’s writing, with tools for scholars, allowing readers to see textual variants and move as seamlessly as possible between text and commentary. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StoweWorks.