American abolitionist and author Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe came from a famous religious family and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.
"One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me." - Harriet Beecher Stowe