Criticism and annotations © 2014 individual contributors
CONTRIBUTORS: Scott Hales, Mason Allred, Jacob Bender, A. Arwen Taylor, Sarah C. Reed, Blair D. Hodges
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DORIAN TRENT is a young man with a head full of conflicting ideas. His mentor thinks Dorian will uncover the ultimate resolution between science and religion, but who will resolve his own confusion when it comes to Mildred and Carlia?
Dorian is the final work of Norwegian-American Mormon author Nephi Anderson, a mature masterpiece that has garnered favorable comparisons to the works of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, and, Dorian’s favorite, Charles Dickens.
This Peculiar Edition combines the original 1921 novel with excerpts from Anderson’s original typescript, fresh critical analysis of the novel, new notes on the text for the modern reader, and much more.
Celebrate this valedictory accomplishment of one of America’s great lost novelists—and the grandfather of Mormon literature—by joining Dorian on his journey through philosophy, theology, romance, pain, struggle—and just the right amount of resolution.
Shortlisted for the 2015 AML Award for Criticism.
Dorian: A Peculiar Edition
Whether returning to Anderson or meeting him for the first time, this Peculiar Edition is a journey into new levels of artistry and complexity—as well as a great yarn for a fireside read.
CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF DORIAN by Scott Hales Nephi Anderson’s DORIAN and the Project of Twentieth-Century Mormonism
INTEGRATING THE “BEST BOOKS” by Mason Allred Interwar Intellectualism And Extratextuality in Nephi Anderson’s DORIAN
THIS IS NOT A PHOTOGRAPH by Jacob Bender Nephi Anderson’s DORIAN as a Sort of LDS SONS AND LOVERS; or A PORTRAIT OF THE MORMON SOLIPSIST AS A YOUNG MAN
THE DEAD VIRGIN AND THE ACCIDENTAL WHORE by A. Arwen Taylor
“WHY ARE THERE CLASSES AMONG MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH?” by Sarah C. Reed Anderson’s Economics of Mormonism in Transition
HARMONIZING MORMONISM AND SCIENCE by Blair Dee Hodges “In the Valley of Sunshine and Shadow”
A PLEA FOR FICTION by Nephi Anderson Originally Published In THE IMPROVEMENT ERA Volume One, Number Three, January 1898
PURPOSE IN FICTION by Nephi Anderson Originally Published In THE IMPROVEMENT ERA Volume One, Number Four, February 1898
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