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 “Novels Rather than Nothing”

Terryl C. Givens

in People of Paradox

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195167115
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167115.003.0011
  “Novels Rather than Nothing”

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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

Chapter.  9648 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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