Karen Lynn Davidson

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Karen Lynn Davidson (born 1943) is a Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, author and literary critic. Davidson has written widely on the hymns of both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and of the Community of Christ.

Davidson received her B.A. and M.A. from Brigham Young University. She then received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She did post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Chicago.

She had taught English at Brigham Young University and has been on the English faculty at the Mayfield Senior School.

Two hymns with texts by Davidson, "O, Savior Thou Who Wearest" and "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good", are in the 1985 English-language edition of the LDS Church hymnal.

Davidson was co-editor of one already-published volume is currently working as a co-editor of another volume in the Joseph Smith Papers Project. She was also co-editor of "Out of the Black Patch", an autobiography of Effie Marquess Carmack published by Utah State University Press in 1999.

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