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Exposé of Polygamy: A Lady's Life Among the Mormons
by Fanny Stenhouse
edited by Linda DeSimone
Utah State University Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-0-87421-714-8 | Cloth: 978-0-87421-713-1
Library of Congress Classification BX8645.S67 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 289.379225

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

After the 1872 publication of Expose',Fanny Stenhouse became a celebrity in the cultural wars between Mormons and much of America. An English convert, she had grown disillusioned with the Mormon Church and polygamy, which her husband practiced before associating with a circle of dissident Utah intellectuals and merchants. Stenhouse’s critique of plural marriage, Brigham Young, and Mormonism was also a sympathetic look at Utah’s people and honest recounting of her life. Before long, she created a new edition, titled "Tell It All," which ensured her notoriety in Utah and popularity elsewhere but turned her thoughtful memoir into a more polemical, true expose' of Polygamy. Since 1874, it has stayed in print, in multiple, varying editions. The original book, meanwhile, is less known, though more readable. Tracing the literary history of Stenhouse’s important piece of Americana, Linda DeSimone rescues an important autobiographical and historical record from the baggage notoriety brought to it.


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