Understanding Talmage: Stories from the Life of an LDS Original

Apostle James E. Talmage was a very complex man, brilliant, in mind, expansive in spirit. This paper explores several themes in Elder Talmage’s life and work, including the bridge he was able to build between his intellect and spirit; the role that President John Taylor played in his life as well as other early LDS intellectuals; and the stories behind Elder Talmage’s work on the book Latter-day Revelation and his tobacco use during the writing of Jesus the Christ.

James P. Harris, Harvard Heath