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Literary Sandusky, Part Three

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

In previous postings, I wrote about the fact that Sandusky is mentioned in "The World According to Garp," a bestselling  novel by John Irving published in 1978, and that England's top 19th century novelist, Charles Dickens, also wrote about Sandusky, which Dickens found "sluggish and uninteresting." This was before the roller coasters, obviously.

Yesterday, while I was getting a guided tour of Sandusky's Underground Railroad Heritage from Deb Benko and Yvette Darden of the Friends of the Sandusky Underground Railroad Education Center, I learned that Sandusky also was mentioned in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe. If that doesn't impress  you, you may want to know that it was the best selling book in the U.S. in the 19th century. The only book that outsold it was the Bible.

Our fair town is mentioned in Chapter 37, which describes a group of people coming to Sandusky to escape to Canada.

For more on the Sandusky's Underground Railroad heritage, and the Saturday tours the friends group offers (only $5), go here.

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