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From Mission to Madness: Last Son of the Mormon Prophet
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Illinois Pr
Publication date October 1, 1998
Pages 368
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780252067013
ISBN-10 0252067010
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $31.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
      Brilliant and charismatic,
        David Hyrum Smith was a poet, painter, singer, philosopher, naturalist,
        and highly effective missionary for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ
        of Latter Day Saints. In this richly detailed biography, Valeen Tippetts
        Avery chronicles the life of the last son of Joseph Smith and his first
        wife, Emma.
      Avery draws on a large body
        of correspondence for details of David's life and on his poetry to reveal
        his personality and emotional struggles. She tells of his mental deterioration,
        starting with a probable breakdown early in 1870 and ending with his death
        in 1904 in the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane in
        Elgin, where he had been confined for twenty-seven years.
      "This is an astonishing
        accomplishment which not only tells the reader about a neglected historical
        figure, but about myriad neglected dimensions of both Mormon history and
        the history of religion in general."
        -- Jan Shipps, author of Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious
        Tradition
      "This will stand alone
        as a biography of David H. Smith. . . . But it is also an insightful look
        at the times and environment from which the Smith family, and its ideas,
        emerged."
        -- Paul M. Edwards, author of Our Legacy of Faith: A Brief History
        of the Reorganized Church
 


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Hardcover
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from Univ of Illinois Pr (September 1, 1998)
9780252023996 | details & prices | 357 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $52.00
About: Avery draws on a large body of correspondence for details of David's life and on his poetry to reveal his personality and emotional struggles.
Paperback
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from Univ of Illinois Pr (October 1, 1998)
9780252067013 | details & prices | 368 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $31.00
About:       Brilliant and charismatic,         David Hyrum Smith was a poet, painter, singer, philosopher, naturalist,         and highly effective missionary for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ         of Latter Day Saints.

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