Smith, Jr., Joseph Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Barrett, Ivan J. Joseph Smith and the Restoration. Second edition. Provo: Young House, 1973, 674 p.

Outlines the history of Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church to 1846.

Kirkham, Francis W. A New Witness For Christ in America: The Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Utah Printing Co., 1967, 503 p.

Traces the history of the Book of Mormon from its origins to its printing.

Stenhouse, T.B.H. The Rocky Mountain Saints. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1878, 781 p.

A comprehensive history of the Mormon Church "from the first vision of Joseph Smith to the last courtship of Brigham Young."


Crawley, Peter. "A Comment on Joseph Smith's Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought VI, No. 1 (Spring 1971): 106-7.

Considers the possible effects of the revivalistic atmosphere characteristic of western New York between 1819-21 on Joseph Smith and one of his contemporaries.

Ehat, Andrew F., and Lyndon W. Cook, authors of introduction to The Words of Joseph Smith, edited by Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook, pp. xv-xx. Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1980.

Examines the credibility of the persons commissioned by Smith to document his public sermons during the Nauvoo period of Mormon history.

Jessee, C. Dean. "The Early Accounts of Joseph Smith's First Vision." Brigham Young University Studies IX, No. 3 (Spring 1969): 275-94.

A detailed examination of the documentation of Joseph Smith's account of his First Vision.

Kidder, Daniel P. Mormonism and the Mormons: A Historical View of the Rise and Progress of the Sect Self-Styled Latter-Day Saints. New York: G. Lane & P. P. Sandford, 1842, 338 p.

A hostile critique of Mormon doctrine and tenets, often depicting them as religious imposture.