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The Papers of the Prophet: The Papers of Joseph Smith: Volume 1, Autobiographical and Historical Writings
Reviews 203 ironically mirrors the biblical psalmist's self-absorption. But that is just one facet of this well-crafted gem. Laura Hamblin's "Divorce" (p. 229) has an elliptical feel that is almost oriental. And Richard Tice demonstrates his mastery of the often-abused haiku form (p. 213). This one is exceptional: night rain against the water, young rice into the rain Lance Larsen writes with clarity, vigor, and control and is a keen observer of the telling detail. "Passing the Sacrament at Eastgate Nursing Home" (p. 237) is an outstanding poem on a religious subject. I also like his "Light" (p. 233) and "Dreaming Among Hydrangeas" (p. 235). The Papers of the Prophet The Papers of Joseph Smith: Volume 1, Autobiographical and Historical Writings edited by Dean C. Jessee (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1989), v, 557 pp., $19.95. Reviewed by Roger D. Launius, command historian, Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. It takes a meticulous person to edit historical documents. No amount of effort should be too much to obtain the stray fact, to check the transcription, the context, and the details of an edited work. Dean C. Jessee, a research historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History at Brigham Young University, is such an individual. Widely recognized as a leading authority on the documentary records of Mormonism, Jessee has edited two previous book-length collections of documents and has either written or edited numerous articles. His experience and understanding are evident in this inaugural volume of The Papers of Joseph Smith, and his efforts will enrich all students of Mormon history. This publication begins a massive undertaking to make generally available Other poems I found especially pleasing include Veneta Nielsen's "Nursery Rhyme" (p. 6), Donnell Hunter's "Children of Owl" (p. 69), Vernice Pere's "Heritage" (p. 115), R. A. Christmas's "Self-portrait as Brigham Young" (p. 132), Dixie Partridge's "Learning to Quilt" (p. 150), Clifton Jolley's "Prophet" (p. 167), Mary Blanchard's "Bereft" (p. 198), M. D. Palmer's "Rural Torillas" (pp. 204-5), Timothy Liu's "Paper Flowers" (p. 248), and many more. Other readers are sure to find a lot of poems to like in Harvest. Moreover, the best poems in this collection compare favorably with those of the "first-rate poets" included by the editors. This is an important literary work, a landmark that suggests greater things are yet to come. in a reliable edition the papers of the founder of Mormonism. Jessee explains that prior to this publication effort, Joseph Smith's History of the Church had served as the best source for a study of his life and times. However, limitations in format, completeness, and accuracy underscore the need for a comprehensive edition of his papers" (p. xxxiv). This book of documents, subtitled "Autobiographical and Historical Writings," is the first of a projected three-volume "series in what we hope can become a comprehensive publication of his papers" (p. xxxiv). It is a work intended to present everything Smithian, whether by authorship or relationship. The work contains twelve documents, written between 1832 and 1844, relating the history of Joseph Smith and the Church. These include: 1. History, 1832, from Joseph Smith Letterbook 1, LDS Archives. 2. "Joseph Smith to Oliver Cowdery," from Latter Day Saints' Messenger and Advocate, 1 (December 1834): 40. 3. History, 1832-34, from "History of the Church, A-l," pp. 1-187, LDS Archives.