[From the foreword]
This volume, the fourth in the series published by the Association for Mormon Letters, is in many respects similar to its three predecessors but at the same time moves in a slightly new direction. Although all of the essays here presented were originally delivered at various symposia of the Association, the volume is no longer to be regarded as a proceedings in the narrow sense but rather an annual volume containing essays of interest and scholarly merit. It is anticipated that future essays dealing with various aspects of Mormon literature will be included whether or not they were presented at one of the symposia. Many of the papers presented at symposia will, of course, appear for the benefit of those members of the Association unable to attend, but the Annual will not be limited to them.
The essays appearing in this volume represent the geographic range of the Association's activities. Several were as might be expected presented in the annual Symposium in Salt Lake City (those by Lavina Fielding Anderson and Karen Lynn), but others were presented in Boston (Brien Ward and Lavina Fielding Anderson), Los Angeles (Irene Bates, Maureen Ursenbach Beecherr, Gloria Cronin, and Chris Conkling), Philadelphia (Susan Taber and Eugene England), and Phoenix (John Tanner, Bruce Jorgensen, Eugene England).