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No Man Knows My History

Fawn Brodie’s biography on Joseph Smith. Includes links to responses and other biographies on Joseph Smith.

History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Official history of which large portions were written by Joseph Smith and his scribes.

Joseph Smith biography

A 13 page biography written by C. Clark Julius in 1987.

Another Joseph Smith biography

Written by the Mormon historian Jan Shipps.

“Prophet Puzzle” Revisited

A presentation by Mormon historian Dan Vogel at the 1996 Mormon History Association on Joseph Smith.

An American Prophet’s Record

Joseph Smith’s actual diaries and journals.

Joseph Smith’s first vision

Several accounts of Joseph Smith’s experience.

Joseph Smith can do no wrong in PBS’s “American Prophet”

A more objective look at the PBS special on Joseph Smith entitled “American Prophet”.

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

Historian, and former BYU professor, D. Michael Quinn details the superstitious environment Joseph Smith fostered in his new religious movement.

Book of Commandments

Joseph Smith’s first attempt at publishing some of his revelations.

A Theory of Evolutionary Development for the Structure of the Book of Mormon

Find out how the Book of Mormon narrative evolved in Joseph Smith’s mind during its creation.

The Refiner’s Fire

John Brooke examines Joseph Smith’s environment to try and discover why Joseph Smith accomplished what he did.

Sidney Rigdon

One of the keys to understanding the early Mormon doctrine Joseph Smith created is to comprehend the motivations and personalities of his closest associates.

In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith married over 33 women. A third of them were already married. Another third were in their teenage years. What was the attraction and how was he able to conceal such a feat when polygamy was illegal and frowned upon both within and without the confines of his religion?

Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

What did Joseph Smith’s first wife think of her husband’s polygamous affairs? How did she contribute to her husband’s church and personality? Newell and Avery have written an outstanding biography on Joseph’s first love.

The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary

Read the original versions of Joseph Smith’s revelations as well as a narrative that provides the setting and additional information to obtain the original intent and background.

Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon

Psychiatrist Robert D. Anderson looks at Joseph Smith’s early life and how the events that transpired made it into the Book of Mormon narrative.