About the Work
My Wife and I: Or Harry Henderson’s Story was the second to last “society novel” by Stowe, the final being its sequel, We and Our Neighbors. This love story follows Harry Henderson (the books narrator) and his relationship with the wealthy Eva Van Arsdale.
Through their romance, Stowe highlights various aspects of Victorian middle-class nostalgia that were common at the time among Americans.
These included a desire for religious experiences that seemed to be now long gone, longings for a revitalized relationship with nature and a desire to return to rural communal life.
Stowe’s character of Tom Bolton was based on her son Fred.