World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Virginia Sorensen

Virginia Sorensen, née Eggertsen, also credited as Virginia Sorenson (February 17, 1912, in Provo, Utah – December 24, 1991), was the author of the 1957 John Newbery Medal winning Miracles on Maple Hill, based in the Erie, Pennsylvania region where she lived at the time.[1] She grew up in Manti and American Fork, Utah.[2] Her first novel, A Little Lower Than the Angels, was written and published in 1942 while she resided in Terre Haute, Indiana, with her first husband Frederick C. Sorensen, a professor at Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana State University. With its publication, Alfred Knopf declared, "I have seldom introduced a new novelist with the confidence I feel in the author of this remarkable book. It marks the debut, I believe, of a major American writer."[3] She is considered "one of Utah's premiere gifts to literary America."[3] Her first book for children, Curious Missy, grew out of her efforts with a bookmobile in Alabama.[2] She later divorced Sorensen and married Alec Waugh, son of Arthur Waugh and brother of Evelyn Waugh, in 1969. Her books are usually Mormon-themed.[4][5][6] She received two Guggenheim fellowships, one in 1946 to study tribe of Mexican Indians, and one in 1954 to study in Denmark as regards the history of Sanpete Valley's settlers.[6]


  • Published works 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Published works

For adults
  • A Little Lower than the Angels – 1942, Knopf
  • On the Star – 1946, Reynal & Hitchcock
  • The Neighbors – 1947, Reynal & Hitchcock
  • The Evening and The Morning – 1949, Harcourt, Brace and Co.
  • The Proper Gods – 1952, Harcourt, Brace & Co.
  • Many Heavens – 1954, Harcourt & Brace
  • Kingdom Come – 1960, Harcourt & Brace
  • Where Nothing is Long Ago – 1963, Harcourt & Brace
  • The Man with the Key – 1974, Harcourt Brace & Co. Jovanovich
For children
  • Curious Missie – 1953, Harcourt Brace
  • The House Next Door: Utah 1896; 1954, Scribners
  • Plain Girl – 1955, Harcourt Brace, won the Child Study Award
  • Miracles on Maple Hill – 1957, Harcourt Brace, won the Child Study Award and the 1957 John Newbery Medal
  • Lotte's Locket – 1964, Harcourt Brace
  • Around the Corner – 1973, Harcourt Brace
  • Friends of the Road Atheneum – 1978

See also


  1. ^ Erie Hall of Fame, accessed April 26, 2012
  2. ^ a b Utah History Encyclopedia
  3. ^ a b In Memoriam, Sunstone Magazine, accessed April 26, 2012
  4. ^ "Virginia Sorensen, Mormon Novelist". Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Virginia Sorensen Biography | Dictionary of Literary Biography Biography". 1912-02-17. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  6. ^ a b "Virginia Sorensen - Kids Encyclopedia | Online Encyclopedia | Kids Online Dictionary | Britannica". 1912-02-17. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.