A Dialogue between Joseph Smith and the Devil

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"A Dialogue between Joseph Smith and the Devil" (or "Joe Smith and the Devil") is an 1844 short story by Parley P. Pratt, generally credited as the first work of Mormon fiction.[1] A piece of closet drama, "Dialogue" begins with the devil putting up handbills:

They engage in a conversation which manages wit while still engaging in Pratt's proselytory purposes.[2] The two part on friendly terms:

The story first appeared on the front page of the New York Herald, August 25, 1844.[3]


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