Re: 19th century literature that you enjoy
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell has one of the best scenes involving a cat, a dish of milk, and a lace collar. The whole book is very good--involving the lives of a village full of women (most of the men being either dead or off at sea).
Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope; another social satirist, but I really like Rachel, and the book was censored in the US in 1863, which was my first fascination with it. The unexpurgated version is very mild... but the censored bit was a meeting or two, unchaperoned, between the heroine and a main male character.
Jane Austen is still a favorite, notably Pride and Prejudice... and I like quite a lot of Dickens. And Shakespeare, if read out properly, is very funny.
On Uncle Tom's Cabin, I was researching something else entirely the other day and came across mention of the theatrical piece being performed to great applause in California... so it seems to have been popular nation-wide.