Virginia Sorensen

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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]

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  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. 

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