Maurine Whipple won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Prize for 1938 to help her complete her novel The Giant Joshua, which appeared in 1941. She is from St. George, Utah, the setting of her novel, considered one of the most important Mormon works of fiction for its vivid portrayal of pioneer and polygamous life. A writer and lecturer, Whipple also wrote This is the Place: Utah (Knopf, 1945) and published articles in Collier's, the Saturday Evening Post, Look, Life, Time, Pageant, and numerous other journals and periodicals.
LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Oldest daughter of Charles & Anni Lenzi McAllister Whipple.
St. George, Utah
Graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 1926.
Taught high school at various locations in Utah and Idaho.
"I've had to send brothers through school, keep my brother-in-law in the hospital, help clothe their kids, help build their house, buy medicines for my mother, etc. Not that I'm complaining ... to me a family is important - more important than I'll ever be."