Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” was first published on this week in 1852. It’s one of the books that Jay Parini includes in his book, “Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America.” Parini describes “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as “Stephen King on steroids.”
Jay Parini is a poet, novelist and teacher. He's also the author of "Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America." He tells Jim Fleming that his is not a list of "great books" but rather books that significantly changed the literary climate of American culture.