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First-edition Book of Mormon to be part of Library of Congress' 'America Reads' exhibit

An 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon is scheduled to be part of the Library of Congress’ “America Reads” exhibit to open June 16, according to a news release.

The 65 books in the “America Reads” exhibit are ones that “had a profound effect on American life,” according to the news release. Of those included in the exhibit, 40 were chosen by the public, including the Book of Mormon, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods,” John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” and “East of Eden,” Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible,” Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” and Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Twenty-five titles were chosen by the public from a list created for the 2012 Library of Congress exhibition “Books That Shaped America,” according to press materials. Those include L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby,” Theodore Geisel’s “The Cat in the Hat” and Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

The 65 books aren’t meant to be a definitive or all-encompassing list, according to the news release. Many of the books are from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and aren’t usually on display, according to information from the library publicists.

The Book of Mormon is an 1830 edition that has been in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the library.

The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith and initially published by E.B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, and is a book of scripture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The exhibit is scheduled to be open through Dec. 31. It is in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., and open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.