In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith
In my book, In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith,
I look at the 33 women who married the first Mormon prophet, taking them from birth to death. I started writing the book because I was fascinated by the puzzle of trying to work out their complex marriage histories (many married four or five times, sometimes with overlapping, polyandrous marriages), but I gradually became very caught up in the drama of their lives, and became deeply attached to them as real, living people.
Vern Anderson did a fine story about my book for AP: AP Story
If you're interested in how I came to write this book, here's a speech I gave at the Association of Intermountain Booksellers on February 25, 1998.
Additional information on the plural wives I have collected since the book was published.
Changes made in Second Printing of ISL
My response to the Tanners' use of my book.
Awards the book has received
A mini-essay I wrote on the history of polygamy in Mormonism
An excerpt from my book: the Prologue
Another excerpt from my book: Miracle Tale: Elizabeth Rollins (Lightner Smith Young)
The FARMS Review of Books published two long reviews of my book, by Richard Lloyd Anderson, Scott Faulring and Danel Bachman, in which I was characterized as an atheist, a Fawn Brodie disciple , and a John C. Bennett figure. I wrote a long response to the reviews, and offered it to the editor of FARMS Review of Books if he wanted to publish it. He showed a marked lack of enthusiasm for doing this, so I decided to publish it in pamphlet form and online. Here it is: