In this episode Dr. Ashley Squires explores the significance of Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science in the media culture of the Progressive Era, drawing from her book Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress, and Christian Science. Discussion includes Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and McClure’s magazine, as well as The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor.

Click here to access a timeline of selected major biographies on Mary Baker Eddy.

Podcast guest

Ashley Squires
Episode 18 podcast guest, Ashley SquiresAshley Squires holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently teaching American literature and culture at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. She is the author of Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress, and Christian Science, published by Indiana University Press in 2017. She has also contributed academic articles appearing in Nineteenth Century Literature, Studies in the Novel, Book History, and American Literary Realism.


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