Mark Twain and the Mormons

Mark Twain and the Mormons

by Mark Twain
     
 

Mark Twain's reactions to the Mormons he met in Salt Lake City and the their newly founded religion, as found in 'Roughing It. Here is Twain's take on the Mormon Bible: "The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and… See more details below

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Mark Twain's reactions to the Mormons he met in Salt Lake City and the their newly founded religion, as found in 'Roughing It. Here is Twain's take on the Mormon Bible: "The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James’s translation of the Scriptures; and the result is a mongrel—half modern glibness, and half ancient simplicity and gravity. The latter is awkward and constrained; the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast. Whenever he found his speech growing too modern—which was about every sentence or two—he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding sore,” “and it came to pass,” etc., and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass” was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148190646
Publisher:
Shamrock Eden Publishing
Publication date:
02/05/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,197,016
File size:
1 MB

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