From Mission to Madness: Last Son of the Mormon Prophet
Place Published: Urbana and Chicago
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Date Published: 1998
Book Id: 47633
SIGNED. 357pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] in blue cloth.
Signed and inscribed by author on front free endpaper. David Hyrum Smith (1844-1904) was a brilliant and charismatic man, whose mind succumbed to mental illness when he was twenty-eight. He was a painter, singer, philosopher, theologian, naturalist, preacher, poet, and traveler who was full of intellectual curiosity. According to the book's preface- "For a decade and a half before tragedy struck he was so effective a missionary for his church that he was placed in its presidency, so good a poet that his hymns are still sung, so compelling a preacher in Utah that it was rumored he would supplant Brigham Young, and so entertaining a writer that his descriptions of the places he visited conveyed to readers in the Midwest the excitement of America's expanding frontier."