Ola Elizabeth Winslow

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Ola Elizabeth Winslow (January 5, 1885 in Grant City, Missouri – September 27, 1977 in Damariscotta, Maine)[1] was an American historian, biographer, and educator.[2] She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1941 for her biography of Jonathan Edwards, an 18th-century American theologian whose basic writings she edited for Signet Classics.

Born in Missouri, Winslow was an instructor at College of the Pacific from 1909 to 1914, when she earned a master's degree from Stanford University. She was professor of English at Goucher College in Baltimore (1914–1944) and at Wellesley College (1944–1977, emeritus after 1950).[2]

Winslow earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1922 with a thesis that was later published as a book with the title Low Comedy as a Structural Element in English Drama from the Beginnings to 1642.[3]

Winslow died in Maine at age 92.


  • Low Comedy as a Structural Element in English Drama from the Beginnings to 1642 (Menasha, WI, 1926) – "originally presented as the author's thesis, University of Chicago, 1922"[3]
  • Jonathan Edwards, 1703–1758: A Biography (Macmillan, 1940) – 1941 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography[4]
  • Meetinghouse Hill, 1630–1783 (Macmillan, 1952) – about the Dorchester church and settlement, now in Boston
  • Master Roger Williams: a biography (Macmillan, 1957)
  • John Bunyan (Macmillan, 1961) – biography of John Bunyan
  • Samuel Sewall of Boston (Macmillan, 1964)
  • Portsmouth: the life of a town (Macmillan, 1966)
  • John Eliot, apostle to the Indians (Houghton Mifflin, 1968)
  • "And plead for the rights of all": Old South Church in Boston, 1669–1969 (Boston: Nimrod, 1970)
  • A Destroying Angel: The Conquest of Smallpox in Colonial Boston (Houghton Mifflin, 1974)
As editor
  • Harper's Literary Museum (Harper & Bros, 1927), compiled by Winslow – Subject: American literature—Colonial period, ca. 1600–1775 – first of a series designed by George Boas, not continued – reissued as Harper's literary museum, a compendium of instructive, entertaining, and amusing matter, selected from early American writings (Arno, 1972)[5]
  • American Broadside Verse from Imprints of the 17th & 18th Centuries (Yale University Press, 1930), selected and edited with an introduction by Winslow[6]
  • Jonathan Edwards: basic writings, selected and edited with a foreword by Winslow (New American Library, Signet Classics, 1966)
  • The Pilgrim's Progress: with a critical and biographical profile of the author by Ola Elizabeth Winslow (Grolier, The World's Great Classics, 1968), Grolier Edition of the 1820 classic by John Bunyan


  1. ^ "OLA WINSLOW (1885-1977) - SSDI"
  2. ^ a b "Winslow, Ola Elizabeth (1885?–1977) - Colonial Religious History". Online Encyclopedia (jrank.org). Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  3. ^ a b "Low comedy as a structural element in English drama {...}" (1973 reprint). Library of Congress Catalog Record (LCC). Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  4. ^ books.google.com
  5. ^ "Harper's Literary Museum {...}" (1972 edition). LCC record. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  6. ^ "American Broadside Verse {...}" (1974 edition). LCC record. Retrieved 2013-11-26.

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