Latter-day Saints and Sherlock Holmes

It must have been good business to make fun of the Latter-day Saints in the 19th century, otherwise why did so many do it?

Famous authors, from Ambrose Bierce to Zane Grey to Jack London to Robert Louis Stevenson to Mark Twain, all made part of their living by writing about and, often, by distorting the beliefs of the Latter-day Saints. That era's portrayals of Latter-days Saints were often of a darkly secretive and violent people.

The title of Robert Louis Stevenson's short story, "Story of the Destroying Angel," demonstrates the stereotype — yes, this is the same Stevenson who wrote "Treasure Island."

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