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“I Love All Men Who Dive”: Herman Melville and Joseph Smith

Richard Dilworth Rust

in Joseph Smith, Jr.

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195369786
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871292 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.004
“I Love All Men Who Dive”: Herman Melville and Joseph Smith

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This chapter illuminates Smith's religious-making imagination by juxtaposing him with America's greatest myth-making novelist of the 19th century, Herman Melville. Melville revealed a recurrent interest in things Mormon, and the most telling preoccupation that unites them, the chapter finds, is not so much the heights they achieved as successful creators of epic systems, as the depths they plumb as thought-divers, exploring the darkest abysses of human experience and of the tragic universe.

Keywords: Mormonism; religious imagination; theodicy; American scripture

Chapter.  7262 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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