Vardis Fisher: A Mormon Novelist

December 14, 2021|
Vardis Fisher: A Mormon Novelist by Michael Austin
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Raised by devout Mormon parents, Vardis Fisher drifted from the faith after college. Yet throughout his long career, his writing consistently reflected Mormon thought. Beginning in the early 1930s, the public turned to Fisher's novels like Children of God to understand the increasingly visible Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His striking works vaulted him into the same literary tier as William Faulkner while his commercial success opened the New York publishing world to many of the founding figures in the Mormon literary canon. Michael Austin looks at Fisher as the first prominent American author to write sympathetically about the Church and examines his work against the backdrop of Mormon intellectual history.

Engrossing and enlightening, Vardis Fisher illuminates the acclaimed author's impact on Mormon culture, American letters, and the literary tradition of the American West.

Michael Austin is the executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Evansville. He was previously a professor of English. His many books include Rereading Job: Understanding the Ancient World's Greatest Poem and We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition.
Title:Vardis Fisher: A Mormon Novelist
Product dimensions:128 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:128 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:December 14, 2021
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780252086144

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