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Hugh Nibley Observed
Editing Hugh Nibley:
The Man and His Legacy
Shirley S. Ricks

Shirley S. Ricks

“My personal experience of working with Hugh Nibley’s books and manuscripts began in the late 1980s when there was a big push to get several books out in time for the upcoming year when the Book of Mormon would be the focus for our Gospel Doctrine classes. Our family had spent the 1987–88 year in Jerusalem, so other than working on cleaning up a bibliography for Nibley’s dissertation in Ireland (where we spent a couple of summer months on our way home), I probably didn’t do a great deal on Nibley projects until our return to the States. It was around this time that I became more fully engaged in working on the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley.”

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