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In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith Hardcover – December 15, 1997
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Formerly at UCLA and now the editor of Mormonism and Early Christianity, Compton has compiled a meticulously researched and masterly study of Mormon Joseph Smith's 33 wives. The women are presented individually, with many of their own documents cited. Compton contends that "Mormon polygamy was characterized by a tragic ambiguity": infinite dominion in the next life vs. a social system that did not work, thus resulting in acute neglect of the wives. These "key women have been comparatively forgotten," surprisingly so considering the reverence Mormons hold for their founding prophet and how important polygamy was to Smith. The "sacred loneliness" refers to Smith's promise of salvation combined with the solitude of the forsaken multiple wives. A plenary reference and bibliography and a collection of the wives' photographs fill out this tome, making it a fascinating work. Valuable for both lay readers and scholars, this is recommended for public and academic libraries with good collections in history and women's studies.?Kay Meredith Dusheck, Anamosa, IA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This is NOT an anti-Mormon book. Comption was for years a BYU professor, and co-editor for the FARMS Hugh Nibley collected writings project. He remains still (the last I heard) a member of the LDS church in good standing. In any case, he wrote this book with a clear, honest intent to pursue the full truth: and not just produce another "faith-promoting" version of Joseph Smith and early church history. This is important to distinguish: anti-Mormon books typically are written by either apostates or non-member writers already antagonistic toward the LDS church. Compton, et al. the other writers of this genre, of full church history, are seekers after truth, and their pursuit leads them where the truth will. So it is with this reader. I do not give anti-Mormon books any attention. Why try and learn church history from people never inside the church, or people who hate it and leave, then write "all about it?" That makes no sense to me. But writers of Compton's capability and purpose have my fullest attention. And when they produce a book like "In Sacred Loneliness", they have all my respect as well.
I especially enjoyed the way Compton laid out his book, devoting an entire holistic chapter to each wife; or pair of wives in the cases where Joseph Smith married sisters.