Next is the the public's top 25 choices from the original 2012 list: Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand); To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain); Common Sense (Thomas Paine); Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly
(Harriet Beecher Stowe); The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution (Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay); The Jungle (Upton Sinclair); The Catcher in the Rye (J.
The crowd was convinced that Stowe had helped make this moment possible with her anti-slavery best-seller Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly
, published a decade earlier.
Accordingly, Gutjahr includes George Aiken's 1852 six-act drama Uncle Tom's Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly
. Since the 1980s, Stowe's writing has been "elevated" to the status of literary writing by its appearances in anthologies by major publishers, including W.
Widely published in English in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin is subtitled A Tale of Life Among the Lowly
. It was popular throughout the rest of the 19th Century and well into the 20th Century.
When we're shown life among the lowly
(those with, say, less than $150,000 annually) they're appalling, whether they're the fictional characters in "Roseanne" or "Married with Children" or the real-life working-class people who grace the stages of Jerry Springer and Queen Latifah's talk shows.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a fairly smart satire not just on the fools with swimming pools, but also on their ridiculous daydream that life among the lowly
would be any more fulfilling.