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Bowdoin Sues Over Sale of Home Linked to Harriet Beacher Stowe

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    FILE - This May 17, 2005, file photo, shows the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick, Maine. A professor of American literature at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., Susanna Ashton, says her research shows Stowe harbored a fugitive slave from South Carolina here just before she started writing her novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Ashton suggests that the painful story of slavery told by John Andrew Jackson prompted Stowe to begin writing the famous novel.

    Bowdoin College is suing a Florida woman to block her from selling a home on the school's campus where Harriet Beecher Stowe allegedly wrote portions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

    The Portland Press Herald reports the lawsuit by the liberal arts school in Maine against Arline Lay of St. Augustine, Florida, was filed Aug. 12 in Cumberland County Superior Court.

    Bowdoin acquired the right of first refusal to the house in 1996, when the college purchased an adjacent property from Lay's family.

    The agreement states that Bowdoin would pay 125 percent of a price based on appraisals. But Lay's attorney says that only applies if she died and is asking Bowdoin to pay the sale price plus 25 percent for the six-bedroom residence.

    Lay received a $750,000 offer for the home after listing it earlier this year.