A Story Untold: A History of the Quimby-Eddy Debate
McNeil, Keith. A Story Untold: A History of the Quimby-Eddy Debate. Carmel, IN: Hawthorne Publishing, 2020.
McNeil’s vast research on the subject of the Quimby-Eddy debates resolves complex questions that have persisted since the beginning of the 20th century. The debate—between Mary Baker Eddy and Julius Dresser about the alleged influence that the theories of mental healer Phineas P. Quimby had on her later founding of Christian Science—began in 1883, when the Boston Post ran open letters between the two. It persisted well beyond both of their deaths. In 1921 a highly (sometimes falsely) edited collection of Quimby’s papers (further edited and copied by Quimby acolytes) was published. The Quimby family turned over a large amount of Quimby papers to the Library of Congress in 1930, and later a second batch to Boston University. McNeil provides the first serious scholarly examination of all the original Quimby papers in conjunction with the vast holdings of The Mary Baker Eddy Library. His 3-volume book covers many other aspects of the history of Quimby, Eddy, several other important figures during the 19th century, as well as other broad but relevant subjects, such as Mark Twain and Christian Science, early animal magnetism in 1830s and 1840s America, the issue of the absolute vs. the relative in Christian Science, etc.
Though this annotation refers to the 2020 version of the book, portions of a version copyrighted in 2016 are available online in pdf format.
Volume I, 78 pages, “Introduction”
Volume II, 445 pages, “Chapter 1”
Volume III, 68 pages, “Chapter 3”
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- Availability: Online - Free
- Controversy: Lawsuits
- Controversy: McClure’s Magazine (Milmine, Cather)
- Controversy: Next Friends Suit
- Controversy: Plagiarism
- Controversy: Quimby-Eddy Debate
- Official Christian Science Publication: No
- People: Eddy, Mary Baker
- People: Evans, Warren Felt
- People: Hegel, George
- People: Peabody, Frederick W.
- People: Quimby, Phineas
- Publication Date: 2011-2020
- Resource Types: Book
- Resource Types: Web Resources
- Subjects: Biographies and Chronologies
- Subjects: Metaphysical
- Subjects: Science and Health Book