Mormon Enigma: EMMA HALE SMITH
by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery
University of Illinois Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-252-06291-9
Library of Congress Classification BX8695.S515N48 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 289.3092

Mormon Enigma is the bestselling biography of Emma Hale Smith, wife of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. It was Joseph Smith who announced that an angel of the Lord had commanded him to introduce a 'new order of marriage.' And it was Emma Hale Smith who confronted the practice of polygamy head on.
As the authors note in their introduction, "Early leaders in Utah castigated Emma from their pulpits for opposing Brigham Young and the practice of polygamy, and for lending support to the Reorganization. As these attitudes filtered down through the years, Emma was virtually written out of official Utah histories. In this biography, we have attempted to reconstruct the full story of this remarkable and much misunderstood woman's experiences."
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