Oxford Essays Book

Nine other scholars examine topics ranging from the textual culture of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society to a re-examination of Lucy Mack Smith's history.

The application of new research made available via the Joseph Smith Papers helps dig deeper into the sources, while the focus on context shakes off the dust and adds a vibrant sense of color.

Includes essays by: Francis Bacon, Samuel Butler, Dryden, Swift, Addison, Steele, Johnson, Goldsmith, Lamb, Hazlitt, Benjamin Franklin, Carlyle, Newman, Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, Thoreau, George Eliot, Matthew Arnold, Mark Twain, W. Hudson, William James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Conrad, Santayana, Bertrand Russell, Winston Churchill, G. Chesterton, Lytton Strachey, Rose Macaulay, Virginia Woolf, D. Lawrence, Marianne Moore, Katherine Anne Porter, Rebecca West, J. "This is a collection that succeeds in demonstrating the marvelous variety of the genre."— The Christian Science Monitor"A distinguished miscellany."— The Chicago Tribune"Most of the essays are very good indeed....

SALT LAKE CITY — From the gold plates and the Book of Mormon to the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book to several of the Prophet Joseph Smith's journals and letters, the collection of 13 essays in “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources” (Oxford University Press, $74, 448 pages) utilizes insights from the Joseph Smith Papers and a focus on historical context to more fully understand foundational texts of Mormonism.

All the while, the book is made appealing to both scholars and general members of the LDS Church.

“This is a scholarly volume,” said Howcroft, “but attendance at our recent book signing at Benchmark Books demonstrated the volume appeals to individuals who are not professionally trained historians but have a passion for Mormon history.” “Mormons have an inherent interest in their history,” Jensen said, “and this book offers some of the best insight on some of the church’s most important documents.” Kurt Manwaring is a freelance writer and contributor to the Deseret News.“Initially, there is a concern of whether the vision for the book has been adequately conveyed to the contributors and if the essays will go in the intended direction,” Howcroft said.“We had a lot of trust in the scholars and knew their capacity.” “The combination of essays exceeded our expectations,” Howcroft added.Oxford was the on-set writer for Franco’s latest movie, But as Trump blustered across the campaign trail, the polished, family-sitcom jokes in Oxford’s feed gave way to more biting tweets about reproductive rights and gun control. Oxford looked up to see Trump and Bush on a tour bus, reached for the remote, heard the exchange—and knew with total conviction what had to come next.Then, on October 7, she was working from the bed of her rented L. “I’ve been the ‘it’ in that equation too many times,” she writes in the new book.Thomas Wayment, a BYU professor, examines the purposes of Joseph Smith’s new translation of the Bible and takes special care to consider the context in which the translation took place.Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich looks at the early diaries of Wilford Woodruff.The book is edited by three scholars who work with the Joseph Smith Papers — a multivolume project to publish documents by or related to the Prophet Joseph Smith as the founding prophet and first president of the LDS Church.“Foundational Texts of Mormonism" editors are Mark Ashurst-Mc Gee, the project’s senior review editor; Robin Jensen, project archivist and associate managing historian, and Sharalyn Howcroft, archivist and document specialist.Some of the other topics discussed in its pages are anger, pleasure, Gandhi, Beau Brummell, wasps, party-going, gangsters, plumbers, Beethoven, potato crisps, the importance of being the right size, and the demolition of Westminster Abbey.It contains some of the most eloquent writing in English, and some of the most entertaining. Haldane, Aldous Huxley, James Thurber, Edmund Wilson, V. Pritchett, Cyril Connolly, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Lionel Trilling, Jan Morris, Richard Cobb, John Updike, Joan Didion, Clive James.


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