The Image of Mormonism in French Literature: Part I

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The Image of Mormonism in French Literature: Part I

Author Wilfried Decoo

The three periods of Mormon proselyting in France gave rise to French literature dealing with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Popular literature and travel narratives also played a role in French illustrations of Utah and the Mormons. French authors in the first period of Mormon literature in France, 1850–1866 and the period discussed in the article, consisted of bourgeois historians (amateur intellectuals) and positivistic critics (academic critics with generally a scientific detachment). In contrast to American critics with strong pro- and anti-Mormon leanings, most French authors of this period wrote objectively about Mormonism, with authors giving commentary rather than absolute judgment or personal involvement.