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People of ParadoxA History of Mormon Culture$
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Terryl C. Givens

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.001.0001

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 “Novels Rather than Nothing”

 “Novels Rather than Nothing”

Literature

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(p.157) 9 “Novels Rather than Nothing”
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People of Paradox
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Terryl C. Givens (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0011

Nauvoo had a library, but fiction was never popular in the early church. Orson Whitney advocated a “home literature”, but the effort largely failed. Until then, it was largely didactic and moralistic. Poetry was popular and Journals and personal histories became important genre.

Keywords:   Nauvoo library, early church, Orson Whitney, home literature, didactic literature, moralistic literature, poetry, journals, personal histories

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