The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science (Paperback)

Author: Cather, Willa

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This controversial biography of the founder of the Christian Science church was serialized in McClure''s Magazine in 1907-8 and published as a book the next year. It disappeared almost overnight and has been difficult to find ever since. Although a Canadian mewspaperwoman named Georgine Milmine collected the material and was credited as the author, "The Life Of Mary Baker G. Eddy" was actually written by Willa Cather, an editor at McClure''s at that time.

In his introduction to this Bison Book edition, David Stouck reveals new evidence of Cather''s authorship of "The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy." He discusses her fidelity to facts and her concern with psychology and philosophy that would take creative form later on. Indeed, this biography contains "some of the finest portrait sketches and reflections on human nature that Willa Cather would ever write."

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Publisher Univ of Nebraska Pr
Mfg Part# 9780803263499
SKU 36391639
Format Paperback
ISBN10 080326349X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Author Info
Willa Cather
Willa Cather was born in Virginia, but her family journeyed west to acquire land, and she was raised in Nebraska from the age of 9. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1895, and moved from the rural west to the urban east after college, becoming a journalist and editor and settling, finally, in New York City. Her first published book was a volume of poetry, and she continued to work as a journalist, until the publication of her first novel, ALEXANDER'S BRIDGE in 1912, enabled her to write fiction full time. She traveled to Europe in 1902, and to the Southwest in 1912; both visits enabled her to put her Nebraska childhood in a larger context. She returned to all these places in her fiction--famously, the prairie towns she knew so well, in O PIONEERS. Cather, who often dressed as a boy in her youth, was a lifelong lesbian, though perhaps this was expressed only in ardent friendships with her many women friends. She often used male narrators in her works, and favored strong, independent women--often artists. Her perennial theme was the artist's need for freedom, expressed vividly and convincingly in such works as THE SONG OF THE LARK and LUCY GAYHEART.
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Editors Note This controversial biography of the founder of the Christian Science Church was serialized in McClure's Magazine in 1907-8 and published as a book the next year. Cather's biography of Mary Baker Eddy remains the fullest portrait to date of the eccentric and spellbinding religious leader of the Christian Science Church.
Editors Note 1 This controversial biography of the founder of the Christian Science church was serialized in McClure's Magazine in 1907-8 and published as a book the next year. It disappeared almost overnight and has been difficult to find ever since. Although a Canadian mewspaperwoman named Georgine Milmine collected the material and was credited as the author, The Life Of Mary Baker G. Eddy was actually written by Willa Cather, an editor at McClure's at that time. In his introduction to this Bison Book edition, David Stouck reveals new evidence of Cather's authorship of The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy. He discusses her fidelity to facts and her concern with psychology and philosophy that would take creative form later on. Indeed, this biography contains "some of the finest portrait sketches and reflections on human nature that Willa Cather would ever write."
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0520
Publisher University of Nebraska Press
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