William L. Davis

WILLIAM L. DAVIS {[email protected]} is an independent scholar with a PhD in theater and performance studies from UCLA. He has published in several academic journals on John Bunyan, Herman Melville, and William Shakespeare. More recently, he is the author of Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

The Limits of Naturalistic Criteria for the Book of Mormon: Comparing Joseph Smith and Andrew Jackson Davis

Articles/Essays – Volume 53, No. 3

Dialogue 53.3 (Fall 2020): 73–103
Davis compares the two men, saying “Davis, like Smith, was raised in a poor household and received little formal education—Davis, in fact, would claim to have received only “little more than five months” of schooling.”

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Reassessing Joseph Smith Jr.’s Formal Education

Articles/Essays – Volume 49, No. 4

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