Book Review

Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History; a book review by Cherry Silver
October 17, 2019
Book Review
Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History; a book review by Cherry Silver
Reviewer Cherry Silver

Carol Madsen's biography of Emmeline B. Wells published by the University of Utah Press in 2017 is aptly titled An Intimate Biography. Madsen depicts the private life of a scrappy thinker and doer, an editor, suffragist, club woman, and Relief Society leader. Readers will engage well with this detailed study of a major personality and her society. The chronology flows logically, the narrative is compelling, and the personalities are strongly drawn. Chapter endings provide teasers to draw us into the next set of Wells's adventures and challenges. Not just facts and events but inventive analysis and finely expressed characterization make this five-hundred-page biography a volume to esteem.