About the Work
One of Stowe’s most admired works, Oldtown Folks is an elegy of a fictional New England town in the last 1700s. Told from the point of view of “Horace Holyoke” the novel is filled to the brim with local color and dialect. As a result, the novel was instrumental in influencing American regionalism. The book is also notable for highlighting Stowe’s feelings about religion, theology, motherhood and other topics.
“Oldtown” is based on Natick, Massachusetts, which was where Stowe’s husband was originally from.
Oldtown Folks is available from the The Library of America.