[From the Foreword by Steven P. Sondrup]
This volume is the third in a series in which the papers delivered at the various symposia and conferences of the Association for Mormon Letters are presented in print. The first two in the series--Dialogue 11.2 and Proceedings of the Symposia of the Association for Mormon Letters 1978-79)--each focused on a relatively brief period of time. This volume, however, represents a selection of papers given between 1979 and 1982. The first two papers--those by Eugene England and Levi S. Peterson--were presidential addresses given at the Association luncheons held in conjunction with the 1980 and 1982 symposia. The next four--the papers by Cracroft, Clark, England, and Sondrup--were delivered in Mormon literature sections of the annual convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association between 1980 and 1982. The last six were given as part of the Association symposium series. Following the papers is a section new to this volume: abstracts of distinguished papers presented under the aegis of the Assocaition which have appeared in print elsewhere or did not, for various reasons, fit into this volume are provided in order to suggest the richness and diversity of thought brought to bear on Mormon literature.