About the Authors

Paul Gutjahr (PhD, University of Iowa, 1996) is an associate professor of English and adjunct associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His specialized field of research is the history of publishing and literacy in the United States. He has written extensively on the production of the English Bible in America. He is the author of An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777—1880 (Stanford University Press, 1999), the co-editor of Illuminating Letters: Essays on Typography and Literary Interpretation (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), and an anthology titled Popular American Literature of the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Alyson Skabelund Von Feldt holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in organizational behavior, both from Brigham Young University. She has taught on a volunteer basis for the LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Kansas and has been a faculty advisor to the Latter-day Saint Student Association. Her review of Did God Have A Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel, by William G. Dever, appears in the FARMS Review, 19/1.

David J. Whittaker is curator of nineteenth-century western and Mormon manuscripts, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, and associate professor of history, Brigham Young University. An early version of this article was presented at the international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) meeting jointly with the Gutenberg Institute celebrating the six hundredth anniversary of the birth of Johan Gutenberg. The address was given 5 July 2000 in Mainz, Germany, and the article was published in Mormon Historical Studies 6/2 (2005): 101—34; it is reprinted by permission of the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.