Samuel McChord Crothers

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Portrait of Samuel McChord Crothers.

Samuel McChord Crothers (June 7, 1857–November 1927) was an American Unitarian minister with The First Parish in Cambridge. He was a popular essayist.[1][2]

Crothers graduated from Wittenberg College in 1873. In 1874, he graduated from College of New Jersey (later Princeton University). After earning a divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in 1877, he became a Presbyterian minister. He resigned in 1881 and converted to the Unitarian church in 1882.

Crothers died suddenly at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Understanding Heart (1903)
  • The Gentle Reader (1903)
  • The Pardoner's Wallet (1905)
  • By the Christmas Fire (1908)
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, the Autocrat and His Fellow-Boarders (1909)
  • Among Friends (1910)
  • Humanly Speaking (1912)
  • Meditations on Votes for Women, etc. (1914): "A contribution to the...literature of feminism" that asks women to be "as modest and unobtrusive as men in expressing their opinions"[4]
  • "A Literary Clinic", The Atlantic Monthly, Vol.118, No.3, (September 1916), pp. 291–301 (he coined the term "bibliotherapy" in this article) .
  • The Pleasures of an Absentee Landlord (1916)
  • The Dame School of Experience (1920)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson: How to Know Him (1921)
  • The Cheerful Giver (1923)
  • The Children of Dickens (1925)


  1. ^ Editorial (November 13, 1927). Dr. Crothers As Essayist. New York Times
  2. ^ Eliot, Frederick May (1931). Samuel McChord Crothers: Interpreter of life. Beacon Press, ASIN B00087IMZ0
  3. ^ Staff report (November 10, 1927). Rev. Dr. Crothers Dies Suddenly; Noted Preacher and Author is Stricken at His Home in Cambridge. A Minister at Age of 19 Often Had Occupied Pulpit at Harvard During Long Unitarian Pastorate. New York Times
  4. ^ "The soft answer". The Independent. Dec 7, 1914. Retrieved July 24, 2012.

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