Everyone in the world of Mormon letters will be saddened to hear of the death of Richard Cracroft yesterday, September 20, 2012. A giant has left us. For more details, see the Deseret News obituary.
An outdated entry from the Mormon Liberature Database reads as follows:
Richard H. Cracroft, professor of English at Brigham Young University, is one of the most important and active critics of Mormon literature. Having edited (with Neal Lambert) two anthologies of Mormon Literature, A Believing People: Literature of the Latter-day Saints (1974, 1979–see below), and 22 Young Mormon Writers (Provo, Utah: Communications Workshop, 1975), Cracroft continues to write numerous reviews of Mormon literature in a regular column in BYU Magazine and in other venues of Mormon criticism. A past president of the Association for Mormon Letters, he continues to teach Literature of the Latter-day Saints at Brigham Young University where he currently serves as the director for the Center for Christian Values in Literature. In 2000 Cracroft was granted honorarly lifetime membership in the Association for Mormon Letters.
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