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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