No Silent Witness: Three Generations of Unitarian Wives and Daughters

Hardcover | August 1, 2010

byCynthia Tucker

not yet rated|write a review
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 largelyneglected 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 ofsmall 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 foranother. 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 parishwomen 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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$37.50

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

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 largelyneglected female vocation. Spanning 150 years f...

Cynthia Tucker is Professor of English at the University of Memphis and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History

other books by Cynthia Tucker

No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Liberal Religious World
No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their ...

Kobo ebook|May 21 2015

$5.39 online$6.99list price(save 22%)
Prophetic Sisterhood
Prophetic Sisterhood

Paperback|Oct 20 2000

$25.95

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195390202

ISBN - 13:9780195390209

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of No Silent Witness: Three Generations of Unitarian Wives and Daughters

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsMajor EventsChart of The Eliot Forebears1. The Unitarian Universe2. Calling the Family Togeth3. The Rush of Words4. Where Words Fail5. The Voice Coach6. Reduced to a Whisper7. Talking Back and Taking Flight8. A Larger Sphere9. New Rules of Engagement10. Old Work and New11. No Parting WordThe Family RosterAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex