Neal W. Kramer was an adjunct faculty member in the department of English at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah when this was written. He is currently a member of the arts and sciences editorial board at BYU Studies. He has previously served on the board of the Association for Mormon Letters and as president of AML for two terms. He has published numerous essays and reviews, three of which have been anthologized in the following collections: Colloquium: Essays on Literature and Belief, Living the Book of Mormon, and Faithful History. He lives in Provo with his wife, Leila. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.