During the 1930s, Vardis Fisher experienced substantial national reputation, culminating in 1939, when he won the Harper Prize in Fiction for the historical novel Children of God, a recounting of the origins of the Mormon faith. The novel follows the careers of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; it ends with the church's repudiation of polygamy. Although the novel was widely acclaimed for its objectivity, the Saints did not, by and large, share the enthusiasm.
Earlier in the decade, Fisher had made his first big mark on the national scene with a searing autobiographical tetralogy. In Tragic Life (1932) portrays the struggles and isolation of …
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Flora, Joseph M.. "Vardis Fisher". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
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