by Chris Benchmark
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Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Phone: 800-486-3112, (801) 486-3111

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the long-awaited book, Nauvoo Polygamy “but we called it celestial marriage,” by George D. Smith, published by Signature Books. The author will be at our store on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to talk about and sign his book. He will speak at 6:00 pm and answer questions from the audience, signing books before and after that time.

Much has been written and discussed, especially recently, about the perennially controversial subject of Mormon polygamy and its origins. George Smith has done a prodigious amount of research and has mined the many original and secondary sources to produce an important and timely book. He quantifies the polygamy experience in the early years and demonstrates that not only did Joseph Smith marry nearly forty women in Nauvoo, but that by 1846, what had been a small, select group of men and women who had been introduced to plural marriage by Smith had grown to nearly 200 men and about 700 women. By the time the saints journeyed to Utah, the men had married an average of six wives apiece. They became “polygamy pioneers” who served as models for thousands of others who eventually entered into plural marriage in the 19th century.

This substantial, 700+ page book contains not only an intriguing narrative, but scores of photographs and charts that give voluminous details about the practice of early Mormon polygamy and its participants. The author candidly, and in detail, examines the origins and practice of a marriage system which had ancient roots. He emphasizes the very human element and drama that are so apparent in the polygamous experience.

Klaus Hansen writes that Nauvoo Polygamy is “written with precision, clarity, and ease. It is a major contribution to Mormon history, groundbreaking in detailing the other polygamists who followed the lead of their prophet, Joseph Smith, in taking multiple partners.”

We are confident that, despite the controversial nature of the subject matter, or perhaps because of it, we are sure to have a fascinating and informative evening with George Smith. We hope you will be able to attend this event, but if you cannot and would like to have books signed or personalized, we will be happy to take prepaid orders and either hold or ship them to you.

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