Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (Hardback)Carol Cornwall Madsen (author)
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A Modest Homestead provides architectural descriptions of ninety-four extant adobe houses. They are as basic as the people who built them-small tradesmen and farmers, laborers and domestics. Author Laurie Bryant discusses the neighbourhoods in Salt Lake City where adobe houses have survived, often much renovated and disguised, and she showcases the houses not just as they appear today but as they were originally built. Almost all the houses now have additions and improvements, and without some dissection they are not always recognisable, often being both more comfortable and pleasant than might have been the case in the nineteenth century. What emerges through Bryant's research is an enlarged picture of the roughhewn life of many early Utahns. Includes 120 historic and contemporary photographs.
Publisher: University of Utah Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"Madsen's absorbing biography is meticulously researched and elegantly composed. No Mormon studies education is complete without this book."
--Kate Holbrook, specialist in Women's History, LDS Church History Department, and coeditor of Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
"Carol Madsen, having previously dealt with Emmeline Wells' public life, now ably explores her interior landscape, tracing the contrast between her public triumph and her private pain, from her 'wild and fanciful' youth to her unexpected humiliations. Wells' excellent record-keeping habit enables the rich detail of her story. This extended and sympathetic inner biography of the best known Mormon woman of her time is told largely in her own words, linked by Madsen's steady and judicious narrative."
--Claudia L. Bushman, author of Contemporary Mormonism
"A thorough and engaging biography of Emmeline Wells's private life. Massive amounts of careful research create a three-dimensional picture of Mormon society from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City as Emmeline moved through it, as well as the late 19th- and early 20th-century American suffrage and national political circles she became part of. The biography is as readable as a good novel and even more engaging because the story it tells is of a real woman whose extraordinary achievements were made despite personal tragedies that would have defeated someone less hopeful and resilient."
--Susan Elizabeth Howe, poet and retired professor of English, Brigham Young University
"Despite the daunting physical presence of the book, its prose and short chapter structure makes it accessible for a broad audience. . . . The intimate biography is important because it recognizes the multiple ways we can know this woman who is famous for her remarkable public achievements. Readers not only see someone who writes, leads, and organizes. We see someone who feels."
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