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[forwarded message] Please join us on Thursday, February 17, at 4:00 p.m., for a talk by Prof. Paul Gutjahr about his forthcoming book, The Book of Mormon: The Biography of a Book. This book, which will be published by thePrinceton University Press in its series on “The Lives of Great Religious Books,” tells the story of The Book of Mormon from its publication in 1830 to the present day. Professor Gutjahr states in his abstract:
“No book originally produced in the United States has had more significance in molding various forms of private and public expressions of faith than The Book of Mormon. First published in 1830 in Palmyra, New York, its author (or scribe) – a poor farmer by the name of Joseph Smith Jr. – claimed that he was visited by an angel who told him where to find a set of gold plates. From these plates, Smith translated The Book of Mormon. Since its first appearance, The Book of Mormon has gone through nearly fifty different editions, some significantly different from Smith’s initial text, with a combined worldwide distribution of nearly one hundred and fifty million copies. This book is an interpretive study of the birth and evolution of this immensely influential American sacred text from its first appearance, through its some eighty English and foreign language translations, all the way up through its appearance in media as different as comic books and motion pictures.”
Prof. Gutjahr holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. in English from Stanford University. He is the author of several books, including An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880 (Stanford University Press, 1999), and he has received numerous awards and fellowships. Prof. Gutjahr is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English at Indiana University Bloomington, and he also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of American Studies.
Prof. Gutjahr’s talk will take place on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 4:00 p.m., in the Slocum Room of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, 1200 East 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. The talk, which is sponsored by the Lilly Library and the History of the Book Seminar series, is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For directions to the Lilly Library, please call (812) 855-2452.