[Updated] Recently Published and Forthcoming Books on Mormon History, November 2009 Edition

By February 5, 2010

Update: See end of list for Signature Book’s 2010 list of forthcoming titles.

Last year I put together, with help from a number of publishers, a list of forthcoming and recently published books on Mormon History.  Most of those books highlighted last November have indeed found a place on bookshelves, so it’s about time to do it again.  There are some exciting books that have recently come off the press and which are still forthcoming.  I wasn’t able to be as comprehensive as last time, but there are still some neat things on the horizon that I was able to find, and maybe I’ll be able to do a follow up post. For now, I’m sure I missed some titles, so if you know of others, please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

Arthur H. Clark

Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector: A Scottish Immigrant in the American West, 1848-1861 by Polly Aird

The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois by Richard E. Bennett, et al. (Forthcoming May 2010)

Gettysburg to Great Salt Lake: George R. Maxwell, Civil War Hero and Federal Marshall Among the Mormons by John Gary Maxwell (Forthcoming April 2010)

Bill MacKinnon mentioned that At Sword’s Point, Part 2 will be completed in 2010, but likely not published until 2011.

BYU Religious Studies Center

Days Never to be Forgotten: Oliver Cowdery, edited by Alexander Baugh

Champion of Liberty: John Taylor, edited by Mary Jane Woodger

The Colonia Juarez Temple: A Prophet’s Inspiration by Richard O. Cowan and Virginia Hatch Romney

In Harm’s Way: East German Latter-day Saints in World Ward II by Roger P. Minert (Forthcoming) Recently released

BYU Studies

Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry, edited by Jill Derr and Karen Lynn Davidson (see notes from the ERS: TCP event)

Wayward Saints: The Social and Religious Protests of the Godbeites against Brigham Young (Reprint), by Ronald W. Walker

The Best of the Frontier Guardian, edited by Susan Easton Black (see this review)

Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jensen and David H. Morris Collections, edited by Richard E. Turley and Ronald W. Walker

Oxford University Press

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction by Terryl Givens

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide by Grant Hardy (Forthcoming March 2010)

Additionally, Matt Grow and Terryl Givens are working on a biography of Parley P. Pratt entitled Parley Parker Pratt: The St. Paul of Mormonism. It has been projected for late 2010, but it may end up being a 2011 production.

Utah State University Press

Utah in the Twentieth Century, edited by Brian Q. Cannon and Jessie Embry

The Mormon Passage of George D. Watt: First British Convert, Scribe for Zion, by Ronald G. Watt (Forthcoming 2009) Released.

Post Manifesto Polygamy: The 1899-1904 Correspondence of Helen, Owen and Avery Woodruff, edited by Lu Ann Faylor Snyder and Phillip A. Snyder

Peculiar Portrayals: Mormons on the Page, Stage, and Screen, edited by Mark T. Decker and Michael Austin (Forthcoming May 2010)

Paul Reeve and Mike van Wagenen, eds., Between Pulpit and Pew: Mormon Encounters with the Paranormal (Forthcoming 2010)


The Complete Brigham Young Discourses, 5 Volumes, Edited by Richard Van Wagoner


Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by W. Paul Reeve and Ardis Parshall (Forthcoming)

Harvard University Press

On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Paperback Edition) by Jared Farmer (Forthcoming April 2010)

Cedar Fort, Inc. (I cannot vouch for the quality of these publications, but I’ve listed them here just FYI)

Far West, Missouri: It Shall Be Called Most Holy by Janet and Dan Lisonbee (Forthcoming 2010)

Bodyguard to the Prophet by Larry Mullins (Forthcoming 2010)

Mere Mormonism: Defense of Mormon Theology by Ronald Zollinger (Forthcoming 2010)

The University of Nebraska Press

Excavating Nauvoo: The Mormons and the Rise of Historical Archaeology in America by Benjamin Pykles (See also Page 47 of the UNP Catalog) (Forthcoming)

The University of Missouri Press

The Missouri Mormon Experience, Edited by Thomas M. Spencer (Forthcoming)

Shadow Mountain

Kiss it Goodbye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates by John Moody (Forthcoming)

Greg Kofford Books

Hearken O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith?s Ohio Revelations by Mark L. Staker (Soon…for real this time 🙂 )

-A reprint of Andrew Jenson?s LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (still forthcoming)

The Development of Mormon Theology by Charles Harrell (forthcoming)

University of Utah Press

Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate, A Study in Dedication by Edward Leo Lyman

At Rest in Zion: The Archaeology of Salt Lake City’s First Pioneer Cemetery by Shane A. Baker (Forthcoming February 2010)

Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901-1924 by Reid L. Neilson (Forthcoming 2009)

Mormons as Citizens of a Communist State: A Documentary History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945-1990 by Raymond Kuehne (Forthcoming 2009)

On The Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout, 1844-1889 (Paperback edition) edited by Juanita Brooks

The Autobiography of Hosea Stout edited by Reed A. Stout, Revised by Stephen L. Prince

The Church Historian’s Press

The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations (Facsimile Edition)

The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 1 (Forthcoming, 2010) [The JSP website says these two books are forthcoming in 2010, though I’ve heard from other sources that this may be optimistic with the History volume being more likely to arrive in 2010]

The Joseph Smith Papers, History, Volume 1 (Forthcoming, 2010)

Yale University Press

The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, edited by Royal Skousen

“Liberty to the Downtrodden” Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer by Matt Grow

John Whitmer Books

Strangites: The Great Lakes Mormon Experience, edited by John Hamer and Vickie Speek (Forthcoming)

Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of the Twelve, edited by William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt (Forthcoming)

An Illustrated History of Nauvoo by Steve Shields (Forthcoming)

Let Contention Cease: The Dynamics of Dissent in the Reorganized Latter-day Saint Tradition by W. B. Spillman (Forthcoming)

I know that a volume of collected essays on polygamy is in the works, as well as Hanging by a Thread: Joseph Smith and the White Horse Prophecy by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster.

FARMS/Maxwell Institute

One Eternal Round by Hugh Nibley (Forthcoming, 2010–It has been said that release of this book will coincide with Nibley’s 100th birthday)

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Volume 6 by Royal Skousen

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Building of the Schoenstein Organ at the Conference Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah by John Longhurst

Millennial Press

When the Saints Came Marching In: A History of the Latter-day Saints in St. Louis by Fred Woods and Thomas Farmer

Southern Utah University Press

“I Would to God:” A Personal History of Isaac Haight by Caroline Woolley.

Globe Pequot Press

Pioneer, Polygamist, Politician: The Life of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon by Mari Grana

Eborn Books

A History of the B. H. Roberts Family by Richard C. Roberts

Eborn Books will also publish the newest found manuscript of William E. McLellin with Harvard Heath as editor, though I do not have any info on timetable. Also on deck is the Lorenzo Snow Prison diary and also I’ve heard of a Wilford Woodruff autobiography that Eborn is hoping to publish. There is one other manuscript in the works, but the editor chosen not to make it public yet, so I’ll wait until that’s the case.

Digital Legend Press

Historia de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias en Bolivia by Nestor Curbelo


Megan Sanborg Jones, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama.

The Mormon History Association

The Fall 2009 issue (35:4) just arrived in the mail. I will be providing a review later in the week.

Benchmark Books

Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, Working Draft, by Edward L. Kimball (forthcoming December 2009) Released.

Wow, talk about Christmas list 🙂 There’s a book here for all occasions at least. Happy reading!

Signature Books [New Website]

New Mormon Studies CD-ROM, 2009 Edition (Forthcoming) Released.

Her Side of It. Marilyn Bushman-Carlton. 100 pp., paperback, $16.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-208-7. April 2010

A Sense of Order. Jack Harrell. 300 pp., hardback, $26.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-209-4. May 2010

Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895. Edward Leo Lyman, editor. 800 pp., limited fine edition, $125.00. ISBN: 978-1-56085-210-0. July 2010

The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History. Devery S. Anderson, editor. 500 pp., hardback, $49.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-211-7. September 2010

Dimensions of Faith: A Mormon Studies Reader. Stephen C. Taysom, editor. 500 pp., paperback, $28.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-212-4. October 2010

Why I Stay: The Challenges of Discipleship for Contemporary Mormons. Robert A. Rees, editor. 200 pp., hardback, $24.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-213-1. December 2010

The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes. John S. Dinger, editor. 500 pp., hardback, $49.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-214-8. February 2011.

The Midwife: A Biography of Laurine Ekstrom Kingston. Victoria D. Burgess. 300 pp., hardback, $32.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-215-5. March 2011.

The Amazing Colossal Apostle the Search for the Historical Paul. Robert M. Price. 450 pp., paperback, $28.95. ISBN: 978-1-56085-216-2. April 2011.

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  1. Awesome. Thanks for putting this together, Jared.

    On question (which you may very well not know the answer to) … is Roger Minert’s history of East German LDS during WWII a joint effort between the RSC and Millennial Press? The RSC also lists it on their website, and I know that the folks at the RSC did all of the copyediting, source checking, and design layout for the book.

    Comment by Christopher — November 30, 2009 @ 8:35 am

  2. Fantastic, Jared. I’ll be putting up my “Scholarly Year in Review” tomorrow morning.

    Comment by Ben — November 30, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  3. Pure awesome. Thanks Jared.

    Comment by Randy B. — November 30, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  4. Thanks, Jared.

    Comment by David G. — November 30, 2009 @ 9:54 am

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  6. Also in 2010 from USU: Paul Reeve and Mike van Wagenen, eds., Between pulpit and pew: Mormon encounters with the paranormal.

    Comment by matt b — November 30, 2009 @ 11:00 am

  7. Chris, no, I think that’s just an error on my part. I think you’re right that that’s an RSC publication. I don’t remember seeing it last week there on the RSC site when I began poking around for this list, but there it is. Thanks for the correction! And it appears to have been released also.

    Thanks Ben, Randy, and David!

    Matt, thank you. Definitely. I had forgotten about that one. I’ll add it to the list.

    Comment by Jared T — November 30, 2009 @ 11:41 am

  8. I’m especially interested in seeing Excavating Nauvoo from the U Nebraska Press. Does anyone know anything about the author or the project?

    Also, I’m not familiar with Thomas Spencer or his work on Missouri. Anyone have any info on that?

    Comment by Jared T — November 30, 2009 @ 11:51 am

  9. I had previously heard that the 2nd part of “At Sword’s Point” was going to be released in 2010 by Arthur H. Clark. Perhaps that date has changed.

    Comment by Bret — November 30, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  10. Thanks for the tip, Bret. I’ll check it out.

    Also, I’ve updated the Eborn listing. Also added a Routledge publication.

    Comment by Jared T — November 30, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

  11. Did Ebron already release “Who Shall Ascend Into the Hill of the Lord? The Psalms in Israel’s Temple Worship in the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon”? I thought that was 2010, also.

    Comment by Bret — November 30, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  12. It is, but that and many other books like it don’t fit the Mormon History criteria, at least, not that I know of.

    Comment by Jared T — November 30, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

  13. Jared, Tom Spencer is a prof at a small university in Missouri; I don’t recall at the moment which one. He’s not LDS, but has written on the Mormon experience in MO. I met him at JWHA a few years back and he’s a super nice guy. He was presenting a paper on Haun’s Mill in Missouri memory, which last I heard was supposed to be published in the Missouri Historical Review. Although Amazon doesn’t specify it, my guess is that these essays are from a conference held in 2006 to commemorate Kit Bond’s 1976 gubernatorial order to rescind the Extermination Order.

    Comment by David G. — November 30, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

  14. David, thank you for that added info. I’m interested to see what comes of it.

    Comment by Jared T — November 30, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  15. Thanks for the update. Do you have any more information about The Navuoo Legion in Illinois?

    Comment by Morgan Deane — November 30, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  16. I don’t, Morgan, other than that I understand Susan Easton Black and Donald Cannon are cowriters.

    Comment by Jared T — November 30, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

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  18. I just got word from Benchmark Books that Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, Working Draft is at press with some copies hopefully available by Christmas. As many of you know, the biography of Pres. Kimball by his son Edward was printed by Deseret Book and included an expanded working draft with extensive footnotes on a cd in the back of the book. Benchmark Books, with permission of the publisher, will produce 400 copies of this expanded edition with a retail price of $99.95.

    I’ve known about this project for a little bit, and am glad to see it come to fruition. I’m all for digital collections, but I’m a sucker for the printed word. This will be a must purchase for me.

    Just FYI, while we’re talking about forthcoming books.

    Comment by Jared T — December 1, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  19. Jared, I remember hearing about this a couple of years ago. Glad to see it make it to press. Do you happen to know whether the working draft will be updated at all?

    Comment by J. Stapley — December 1, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

  20. That is good news, Jared; I don’t have my digital copy with me, but it seems that the working draft was definitely long. (I also remember noting that while a lot of the material in the longer version was awesome, a majority of what was finally cut was often redundant and tangential–not to take away from the amazing quality of the overall volume.)

    I also wonder, with J, if it will be updated. Reading over his BYU Studies article, which was just his chapters from the biography on the priesthood ban, I kept wishing that he would engage Prince’s bio of McKay, since they seemed to have different interpretations of the priesthood developments during the 1950s and 60s.

    Comment by Ben — December 1, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  21. Ben and J,

    I don’t think it’s updated at all.

    Comment by Jared T. — December 2, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  22. According to the FARMS website, One Eternal Round will be available for purchase in January. (I assume this refers to actual, take-the-book-off-the-shelf-and-bring-it-home purchases, not just advance orders.)

    Comment by Terry — December 2, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

  23. I just got word that the George Watt biography has been released along with a regional book, Exploring Desert Stone.

    Comment by Jared T — December 3, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  24. Richard Bennett’s We’ll Find the Place (U of Oklahoma P) also came out in paperback this year. I assume that Pykles’ book is a reworking of his dissertation.

    Comment by Justin — December 4, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  25. I saw today at Confetti Antiques and then at the BYU Bookstore that the Francis Gibbons biographies of the prophets are back in print, this time in paperback. Certainly in the realm of hagiography, Gibbons had a unique perspective from which he wrote and I’ve noticed that some of the biographies include some otherwise unavailable source material. For example, the Joseph Fielding Smith bio, actually one of the larger of the biographies, lists Joseph Fielding Smith’s journal as a reference and at times preferences a citation with “according to Smith’s diary.” Not to shabby methinks. But they are way overpriced for a really cheap paper and paperback.

    Comment by Jared T — December 10, 2009 @ 3:28 am

  26. Ron Watt just handed me a copy of The Mormon Passage of George D. Watt — it’s a beautiful object, and I’m looking forward to reading about the man that Ron has introduced so delightfully in his conference papers built around GDW’s life.

    Comment by Ardis Parshall — December 10, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  27. Thanks, Ardis. I got to see some copies at Benchmark a few days ago and they do look nice.

    Comment by Jared T. — December 10, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

  28. Just in my inbox:

    Kimball, Edward L. LENGTHEN YOUR STRIDE: THE PRESIDENCY OF SPENCER W. KIMBALL, WORKING DRAFT. Salt Lake , 2009. 8.5 X 11 blue cloth. 665 p. Limited to 400 copies. This is the complete manuscript (?working draft) of the biography published by Deseret Book in 2005 that is more than twice the length of that edited version. It has over 3200 footnotes and an expanded table of contents and index created by the author. This is one of the finest biographies ever written of a prominent LDS Church leader. $99.95
    This item is now available. Please give us a call to order your today. If you have any questions please let us know.
    Thank you,
    Benchmark Books

    Comment by Jared T — December 17, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  29. Nice update about the Signature books. I understand that Taysom’s edited volume will be extraordinary. Also, not on this list is Taysom’s Shakers, Mormons, and Religious Worlds: Conflicting Visions, Contested Boundaries.

    BYU Studies is doing for the The St. Louis Luminary (August 2010) what they did for the Frontier Gaurdian.

    It looks like Utah University Press also has forthcoming To The Peripheries of Mormondom: The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O McKay.

    Comment by J. Stapley — February 5, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  30. The Nauvoo Minutes that Signature is publishing seem like something that the JSP folks might be doing, no?

    Comment by J. Stapley — February 5, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  31. Apparently, (according to Michael Marquardt) Lost Apostles will not be published by John Whitmer Books after all. Signature Books has taken it on for a probable 2011 release.

    Comment by Reed Russell — February 5, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

  32. Jared, thanks for the list!
    For those, like me with old and tired eyes, who are becoming more and more dependent on the computer for reading, I highly recommend the FREE download of “Readability”. It gives my 24″ screen a Kindle-like look/feel. It doesn’t convert everything online. But try it on something like your post. ( sadly, it doesn’t work on the comments). It does work on the online books of Signature Books.

    Comment by Bob — February 6, 2010 @ 10:48 am

  33. This is very nice. Do you have an update on two supposed books that I’ve heard have been in the works for years: 1)Nibley’s “magnum opus” on the Book of Abraham that he spent many years towards the end of his life working on, and 2) Signature’s 3-volume history of Joseph Smith?

    Comment by larryco_ — February 9, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

  34. According to the folks at Deseret Book, Nibley’s volume is forthcoming this spring.

    Comment by J. Stapley — February 9, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

  35. Larry, what J. said. I had heard that the plan was to get it out for his 100th birthday which is in March, I think. Another source said it kept getting cut down over the years. Started at about 1200 pages, then 800, now about 600.

    Not sure about the JS project…I’ll ask around.

    Comment by Jared T — February 9, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  36. “Signature?s 3-volume history of Joseph Smith?”

    We had some tough decisions at Signature Books this year. We had several really good manuscripts to choose from. (May we be cursed with this dilemma each year!) In our biography slot, we chose to go with the Laurine Ekstrom Kingston biography. All three of the Joseph Smith biographies are far enough along that we could announce them. So now it’s just waiting their turn on our production line. they will very likely be in our next lineup. That is if the Smith-Pettit foundation doesn’t snake the project away from Signature and publish it themselves.

    Keep an eye out for the six vol. Set of ?History of the Church? by Joseph Smith, Dan Vogel Editor, published by the Smith-Pettit foundation later this year. (now if Vogel and Marquardt will just finish up the ?legal papers,? I think we will be able to safely announce that we are once again, well ahead of the JSP project. And just under our budget of $800.)

    Tom Kimball
    Signature Books

    Comment by Tom Kimball — February 9, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

  37. Does anyone know about any forthcoming RICHARD BUSHMAN project?

    Comment by Nate — February 9, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

  38. Nate, Bushman is apparently close to finishing a work on farming in the colonial period/early republic, which I suspect will use Mormons as examples but Mormonism will not be a significant or even minor theme. He has also mentioned a project looking at the Gold Plates in Mormon history, but I’m not sure what progress he’s made on that.

    Comment by David G. — February 10, 2010 @ 1:38 am

  39. J, Jared, and Tom: thanks for the updates!

    Comment by larryco_ — February 10, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  40. If I’m not mistaken, Bushman is also finishing a manuscript on some theme concerning the Book of Mormon. Sorry I can’t be more specific.

    Comment by Jacob B. — February 10, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  41. Man I totally missed the run on the Lengthen Your Stride Working Draft. I’ve looked everywhere to find a used copy but no success. If anyone has any leads or is selling a copy I would be thrilled to get my hands on one…

    Comment by Jason — June 14, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

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