From Mission to Madness

From Mission to Madness : LAST SON OF THE MORMON PROPHET

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Avery draws on a large body of correspondence for details of David's life and on his poetry to reveal his personality and emotional struggles. She tells of his mental deterioration, starting with a probable breakdown early in 1870 and ending with his death in 1904 in the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane in Elgin, where he had been confined for twenty-seven more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252067010
  • 9780252067013
  • 2,091,852

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"Avery writes with grace and power. Drawing on rich primary archival sources, she presents a convincing argument and gives us valuable insights not only into the compelling personality of David Smith but also into the time in which he lived... A first-rate biography." -- William A. Wilson, Western Historical Quarterly "A full-bodied biography that thoughtfully illuminates a remarkable life from which much can be learned." -- Richard L. Jensen, Journal of Mormon History "Avery's immensely insightful, scholarly biography of David Hyrum Smith greatly enhances our understanding of this tormented son of the founding prophet of the Latter-day Saints." -- Danny L. Jorgensen, Utah Historical Quarterly "A very thoroughly researched, well-written, and fascinating biography; a superb book that is more than a biography of one subject, but a moving and poignant social history as well." -- Evans Biography Award more

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