Levi S. Peterson

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Levi Savage Peterson (born 1933) is a Mormon biographer, essayist and fictionist whose best-known works include the seminal biography of Juanita Brooks, his own autobiography and his novel TheBackslider, "standard for the contemporary Mormon novel".[1] He was born and reared in the Mormon community of Snowflake, Arizona and is an emeritus professor of English at Weber State University. He edited Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought from 2004 to 2008.

His work as a writer centers in "the possibility of wrong behavior"; his works "variously examine the tension between Sainthood as fact and Sainthood as aspiration, between belief and doubt, and between expected blessings and the traumas of reality."[2] Similarly, he taught his writing students to "Write from the other side of your inhibitions".[3]

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