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Hugh Nibley Observed
Nibley and Folklore
William A. Wilson

“I’m a little bit surprised to be here tonight because I probably know less about Hugh Nibley than anyone in this lecture series. I’ve had limited contact with him. I’ve always known about him. I’ve admired his work. I really liked his priesthood manual years ago, and I had an office, when I was chair or head of the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, just down the hall from his. We passed each other now and then and would nod. But that was about the extent of our acquaintance.”

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