Preacher Girl Hardback

Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival

by Thomas A. Robinson;

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Preacher Girl

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Uldine Utley defined the "girl evangelist" of the 1920s and 30s. She began her preaching career at age eleven, published a monthly magazine by age twelve, and by age fourteen was regularly packingthelargest venues in major American cities, including Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. She stood toe to toe with Billy Sunday and Aimee Semple McPherson, the most famous revivalist preachers of the day. She became a darling of the secular press and wasmimicked and modeledin fiction and plays.In Preacher Girl , the first full biography of Utley, author Thomas Robinson shows that Utley's rise to fame was no accident. Utley's parents and staff carefully marked out her path early onto headline success. Not unlike Hollywood, revivalism was a business in which celebrity equated with success. Revivalism mixed equal parts of glamour and gospel, making stars of its preachers. Utley was its brightest.But childhood fame came at a price.
As a series of Utley's previously unpublished poems reveal, after a decade of preaching, she was facing a near-constant fight against physical and mental exhaustion as she experienced the clash between the expectations of revivalism and herdesires for a normal life. Utley burned out at age twenty-four. The revival stage folded; fame faded; only a broken heart and a wounded mind remained.Both Utley's meteoric rise and its tragic outcome illuminate American religion as a business. In his compelling chronicle of Utley's life, Robinson highlights the surprising power of American revivalism to equal Hollywood's success as well as the potentially devastating private costs of public religious leadership. Themarketing and promotion machine of revivalism brought both fame and hardship for Utley--clashing by-products in thebusiness of winning souls for Christ.

Preacher Girl by Thomas A. Robinson was published by Baylor University Press in July 2016. The ISBN for Preacher Girl is 9781481303958.

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Details for Preacher Girl

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (July 2016)
Number of Pages332
Thickness30 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4456237
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