Terryl L. Givens, the well-known Mormon author, is a professor of literature and religion and is the James A. Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond, Virginia. He has authored books such as By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion and The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life.
Many may be familiar with Givens's classic study on Mormon literature entitled The Viper on the Hearth. It is known as one of the most in-depth studies of anti-Mormon literary texts. Givens himself calls this a look at "the long and tumultuous relationship between Mormonism and American society." This updated edition brings the study to the present by taking into consideration much of the public media and cultural shift of the last sixteen years.