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On Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> On Fri, 2012-12-07 at 11:24 -0800, John Angell Grant wrote:
>
> > Does anyone know of an article or book that discusses Eliot's
> relationship
> with his mother?
>
> I've still not read this book but I feel that portions may be of interest
> to
> you.
> Here it is in this nearly year-old post:
>
>
> On Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:17:54 -0600, Rickard Parker <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> >I've just run across this book on internet:
> >   No Silent Witness:
> >   The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World
> >   Cynthia Grant Tucker
> >   Oxford University Press, Jul 29, 2010
> >   Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
> >
> >I haven't read it but it looks as if it may interest Nancy.
> >It also explores Unitarianism in the Eliot family and touches
> >upon the family's reaction to his conversion.
> >
> >Part of the book is viewable at Google Books:
> >   http://books.google.com/books?id=eJ1DgRdz3cAC
> >
> >Here is a blurb from
> >
> http://books.google.com/books/about/No_Silent_Witness.html?id=eJ1DgRdz3cAC
> >
> >This group biography follows three generations of ministers'
> >daughters and wives in a famed American Unitarian family.
> >Shifting the focus from pulpit to parsonage, and from sermon
> >to whispered secrets, Cynthia Tucker humanizes the Eliots and
> >their religious tradition and lifts up a largely neglected
> >female vocation. Spanning 150 years from the early 19th century
> >forward, the narrative shapes itself into a series of stories.
> >Each of six chapters takes up a different woman's defining
> >experience, from the deaths of numerous children and the
> >anguish of infertility to the suffocation of small parish
> >life with its chronic loneliness, doubt, and resentment.
> >One woman confides in a rare close friend, another in the
> >anonymous readers of magazines that publish her poems.
> >A third escapes from an ill-fitting role by succumbing to
> >neurasthenia, leaving one debilitating condition for another.
> >The matriarch's granddaughters script larger lives, bypassing
> >marriage and churchly employment to follow their hearts into
> >same-sex relationships, and major careers in public health and
> >preschool education. In two concluding chapters, Tucker enlarges
> >the frame to bring in the regular parish women who collectively
> >give voice to issues the ministers' kin must keep to themselves.
> >All of the stories are linked by the women's continuing battles
> >to make themselves heard over clerical wisdom that contradicts
> >their reality.
> >
> >
> >Tucker includes an appendix "The Family Roster" on page 249
> >with a brief note about each of the family members:
> >   http://books.google.com/books?id=eJ1DgRdz3cAC&pg=PA249
> >
> >Here is the Amazon link:
> >
> http://www.amazon.com/No-Silent-Witness-Parsonage-Unitarian/dp/0195390202
> >
> >A childhood photo of Eliot's Boston cousins, Frederick, Martha
> >and Abigail (Christopher Rhodes Eliot's kids) and a brief bio
> >of each is at:
> >   http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/exhibits/monthly/200805.html
> >
> >Regards,
> >    Rick Parker
>