‘Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir’ In this remarkable achievement, editor Lavina Fielding Anderson presents to us Lucy Mack Smith in her own voice. Through a restoration of the fourteen percent of her original dictated memoir deleted from the first printed edition in 1853, and a discussion of significant variants between the original manuscript and later printings of Lucy’s history, we are struck more than ever with her original and strong personality. This edition restores passages that tell of Lucy’s own reaction to important events in the life of her son and the church he founded, as well as her personal understanding of their significance. Finally, we are able to meet Mother Smith in her own words. This session celebrates the publication of Lucy’s Book. Come meet with Lavina and several careful readers. Come meet the Lucy they have observed!
Morgan Brent Adair, William D. Russell, Maurine Carr Ward, Lavina Fielding Anderson