Perspectives on Parley Pratt’s Autobiography: Series Wrap-up

By September 8, 2009

This post wraps up the series on Parley Pratt’s influential autobiography. As a review, and also a reference, here are all of the intelligent and insightful contributions:

  1. Ben Park: Introduction
  2. Ben Park: Parley’s Writing as Restoration and Redemption
  3. Ryan Tobler: The Literary Impulse
  4. Matt Grow: Writing the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
  5. Adriane Rodrigues: Pratt’s Use of Literary Voice
  6. Bored in Vernal: Conjugal Relations of Parley P. Pratt as Portrayed in his Autobiography
  7. Joseph Spencer: Parley Pratt’s Poetry
  8. Steve Taysom: Pratt and the Enervating Power of Evil
  9. David Grua: Persecution, Memory, and Mormon Identity
  10. Matt Bowman: The Conversion of Parley P. Pratt; or, Patterns of Mormon Piety
  11. Jared T.amez: Racial Perceptions and Pratt’s 1851 Mission to Chili (Part 1; Part 2)
  12. David Knowlton: Pratt and the Problem of Separating Latin and Anglo America

There is a lot to chew on here, and yet there are several questions still left unanswered (and, perhaps more importantly, unasked).

Overall thoughts on the series?

Article filed under Categories of Periodization: Origins Categories of Periodization: Territorial Period Cultural History Intellectual History


  1. And my most sincere thanks to all that were involved–this was both enlightening and a lot of fun.

    Comment by Ben — September 8, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  2. A wonderful series. Thanks to everyone who participated, and to you, Ben, for organizing it.

    Comment by Christopher — September 8, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  3. Thanks for putting this together, Ben. I enjoyed getting fresh perspectives on each of these themes.

    Comment by Jared T — September 8, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  4. This is like an edited book online! Thanks for such thoughtful blogging!

    Comment by David Howlett — September 8, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  5. It’s true, David. Thank you and well done, everyone.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — September 9, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

  6. […] special interest to JI readers is the publication of the Roundtable on Parley P. Pratt’s autobiography, which our own Ben Park organized here at the JI in 2009.  Excellent work, […]

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