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Anna Linzee Tilden Gannett

wife of Unitarian minister Ezra Stiles Gannett, mother of reformer and anti-suffragist Kate Gannett Wells and of Unitarian minister William Channing Gannett.

From the publisher of Anna Tilden, Unitarian Culture and the Problem of Self-Representation: "This exploration of the life and autobiographical writing of a relatively unknown woman constructs a layered and multifaceted commentary on a range of significant issues--the economic upheaval of the late 1830s, religious controversy and its attendant spiritual doubt, the ongoing debate about education for women, and the importance of reading, writing, and community in women's lives. Anna Tilden (1811-1846) was a student of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a friend of Harriet Martineau, and the wife of Ezra Stiles Gannett, a prominent Unitarian minister. Her written responses to and interpretations of the critical issues of her day grant the modern reader access to the "silent voice" of an ordinary woman searching for self--and the rare opportunity to look beyond the stereotypical nineteenth-century narrative of female domesticity and self-sacrifice to see a unique individual life with its own dramas and complexities."

 

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