PRISONER FOR POLYGAMY: The Memoirs and Letters of Rudger Clawson at the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, 1884-87.
Edition: First printing.
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, (1993) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of the prison memoirs and letters of Rudger Clawson, the first Mormon convicted of violating the Edmunds Law of 1882. "His memoirs of three years as a "cohab" in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary are published here for the first time. They reflect the pride Mormon polygamists felt at being "prisoners for conscience sake," and they include discussions of Mormon doctrines, accounts of daring prison escapes, details of prison life, and the sense of a husband's frustration at being separated from his plural wife. Clawson's memoirs highlight his ability as a storyteller and, in passages dealing with his feelings about African-American prison inmates, confirm his racist attitudes." Also included is a selection of his letters to his plural wife, Lydia; appendixes containing Clawson's 1884 prison journal, lists of Mormon polygamists imprisoned in the Utah Penitentiary and of Clawson's families; and a bibliography of various diaries, journals, and autobiographies of Mormon polygamists held in the Utah prison. Index. 256 pp. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. ISBN: 0-252018613.
Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (some sunning to back cover of dj)