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Making electronic editions of LDS texts freely available on Project Gutenberg.
Making electronic editions of LDS texts freely available on Project Gutenberg.

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Let us not be accused of taking half-measures with early 20th century Mormon romance literature–another Julia Farr original, The Great Experience, is now available on Project Gutenberg. (We also just announced the release of her earlier work, Venna…

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Are stories of stalwart male missionaries who fall in love with their virtuous female investigators limited to the 1950s onward? Absolutely not. Julia Farr, in her fictional work Venna Hastings, Story of An Eastern Mormon Convert, follows the difficult…

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This short 1904 book tells of the life and death of David Patten, one of the original apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As the title indicates, he is known for his death at the Battle of Crooked River during the Missouri…

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Well, the blog has fallen behind on the actual pace of releases, so this is me catching up. Without further ado, the following are now out: 1. Gospel Themes by Elder Orson F. Whitney, originally released in 1914 as a priesthood manual, “made [a]…

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This is the all-star game of polygamy debates, folks. Orson Pratt was Brigham Young’s point man for explaining and defending polygamy, and the Rev. Dr. J. P. Newman, Chaplain of the U. S. Senate, sounds like a worthy opponent. In 1870 they publicly…

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New release: "The Mormons" by Thomas L. Kane--the Nauvoo exodus discussed firsthand by a famed non-Mormon influencer

In this unique discourse originally delivered to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Thomas L. Kane, a non-Mormon, offers a sympathetic account of the exodus from Nauvoo and early settlement of Utah. We have lots of documents from Mormon pioneers, and…

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New release: "Representative Women of Deseret," an 1884 collection of biographical sketches

“Representative” might be a stretch for a list of women including Emmeline B. Wells, Eliza R. Snow, etc., but in any case Representative Women of Deseret by Augusta Joyce Crocheron offers biographical sketches of variety of early Utah saints. First…

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New release: "Cities of the Sun," a 1911 illustrated short fiction/romance collection based on Book of Mormon stories

Elizabeth Rachel Cannon’s The Cities of the Sun, a collection of short stories “founded on historical incidents in the Book of Mormon,” has just been released on Project Gutenberg. It represents an early attempt at Book of Mormon fiction, along the lines…

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That’s right, two new releases: Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage, and Origin of the “Reorganized” Church and the Question of Succession. Both are pamphlets by a young Joseph Fielding Smith related to controversies with the Reorganized…

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I recently stumbled on the Encyclopedia of Mormonism’s list of books that “have made significant contributions to the understanding of doctrine.” It’s an interesting reading list–if you want a thorough grounding in Mormon doctrine through the ages, these…
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