Sibyl Wilbur

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Sibyl Wilbur O'Brien Stone
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BornMay 27, 1871
DiedJuly 21, 1946
San Diego, California
OccupationBiographer, journalist

Sibyl Wilbur O'Brien Stone (May 27, 1871 – July 21, 1946), best known as Sibyl Wilbur, was an American journalist and author of a biography of Mary Baker Eddy.


Wilbur from December 1906 – 1907 wrote a series of articles about the life of Mary Baker Eddy in the Boston magazine Human Life.[1]

In 1907, Wilbur authored the book The Life of Mary Baker Eddy. It was financed and published by John V. Dittemore and became the first church-authorized biography.[2][3] It was reprinted numerous times.[4]

It was written from a Christian Science viewpoint and portrayed Eddy in an idealized manner.[4][5] Eddy endorsed the book.[6][7]

Dittemore later denounced the book commenting "the contents of that volume were mostly provided for the author from church sources, and in the light of subsequent knowledge have largely proved unreliable."[2]

Gaius Glenn Atkins criticized the book, noting that it "touches lightly or omits altogether those passages in Mrs. Eddy's life which do not fit in with the picture which Mrs. Eddy herself and the church desire to be perpetuated."[8]

Wilbur was a San Diego Branch Member of the National League of American Pen Women and a member of the New England Woman's Press Association.[9][10]



  1. ^ "The Human Life Articles on Mary Baker Eddy by Sibyl Wilbur: 1906 – 1907". Longyear Museum.
  2. ^ a b Bates, Ernest Sutherland; Dittemore, John Valentine. (1932). Mary Baker Eddy: The Truth and the Tradition. A. A. Knopf. p. 3
  3. ^ Gabriel, Ralph H. (1933). Reviewed Work: Mary Baker Eddy, the Truth and the Tradition by Ernest Sutherland Bates, John V. Dittemore. The New England Quarterly 6 (1): 200–202.
  4. ^ a b Dickson, Carol E. (1998). Eddy, Mary Baker 1821–1910. In Eleanor Amico. Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. p. 305. ISBN 188496477X
  5. ^ Ahlstrom, Sydney E. (1971). Eddy, Mary Baker. In Edward T. James. Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 1. Harvard University Press. p. 560. ISBN 0-674-62734-2
  6. ^ Eddy, Mary Baker. (1914). The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany. Boston: Allison V. Stewart. pp. 297–298
  7. ^ Kalijarvi, T. (1931). Reviewed Work: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy by Sibyl Wilbur. Social Science 6 (3): 321–322.
  8. ^ Atkins, Gaius Glenn. (2014 edition, originally published 1924). Modern Religious Cults and Movements. Routledge. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-138-77877-1
  9. ^ Lyons, Louis S. (1922). 'Who's Who Among the Women of California. Security Publishing Company. p. 155
  10. ^ Lord, Myra B. (1932). History of the New England Woman's Press Association, 1885–1931. The Graphic Press. p. 197

Further reading[edit]

  • Winfield Scott Downs. (1936). Stone, Sibyl Wilbur. In Encyclopedia of American Biography. New York: The American Historical Society.