Larry E. Morris, Writer and Historian




"Larry Morris brings together for the first time in one volume the essential documents for understanding the Book of Mormon;s origins. With abundant documentation and insightful commentary, Morris chronicles each scene of the book's history--from Moroni's first visit through the book's 1830 publication, allowing the historical players to speak for themselves. While giving priority to sources closest in time and space to the events described, Morris brings together the voices of true believers and avowed skeptics, immersing readers in the drama and controversy of what is likely the most important literary work in American history. Scholars and laypersons alike will find the volume indispensable."--Boyd Petersen, Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies, Utah Valley University
"Larry Morris's book is the essential bedrock upon which future studies of the Book of Mormon will be based. Whether mined for understanding the believer's viewpoint or its reception among the wider population, these are documents that matter. Morris has collected the essentials for both novice and specialist alike. The carefully edited and introduced collection provides a rich and rounded view of this important topic in American history."--Brant A. Gardner, author of Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon

"This book is indispensable for anyone, scholar or interested amateur, who wants to know and understand the documents related to Joseph Smith's assertion that he found gold plates and translated them by the power of God into the Book of Mormon. Smith's claims launched a radical religious movement that has had a major impact on American history and Morris has collected here, with impressive detail, the records essential to understanding its origins."--Gerrit Dirkmaat, Assistant Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University