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Drawing on letters and private papers, this book explores the first half of Eddy’s life and her early footsteps in establishing her religious movement.

The Years of Discovery

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The first in a three-part series, The Years of Discovery traces the life of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, from 1821 to 1875, up to the publication of her book, Science and Health. Drawing on letters and private papers, this book explores the first half of Eddy’s life and her early footsteps in establishing her religious movement. 

First published between 1966 and 1977, Robert Peel’s groundbreaking three-part biography, Mary Baker Eddy, has proven invaluable to Eddy biographers in the succeeding years. Undertaken with extensive access to Church archives, these carefully researched and documented books provide a thorough and insightful glimpse into the life and times of Mary Baker Eddy and the early history of the Church of Christ, Scientist. The new edition—enriched by a large section of full-color image plates—brings this scholarship to a new generation of readers, researchers, and historians.