Samuel McChord Crothers

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Not to be confused with Samuel Crothers.
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. 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)

References[edit]

  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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