Kingdom Come Drafts, 1955-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen, 1912-1991.
Kingdom Come Drafts
1955-1960 (inclusive)
2 boxes, (.75 linear ft.)
Collection Number
Draft for book Drafts (rough and final) and printer's proofs for book Kingdom Come, published under same title, 1960.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Virginia Sorensen was born Virginia Eggertsen in Provo, Utah, in 1912 and spent her formative years from age five to thirteen in Manti, Utah. She graduated from American Fork High School, and later from Brigham Young University (1934), and she also studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and at Stanford University. She married Frederick Sorensen and lived in Terre Haute, Indiana, in Denver, Colorado, in Auburn, Alabama, and in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. After the dissolution of her marriage to Sorensen, she married the English writer Alec Waugh and lived with him in Morocco from 1967 to 1980, when she returned to the United States.

Sorensen's fiction writing reflects what she termed "the real dilemma of the novelist in our time and place . . . to somehow balance the importance of the individual . . . with the importance of the great events that wash people into vast groups and crowds, into anonymous armies." Her critically well received first novel, A Little Lower than the Angels (1942), deals with the beginnings of polygamy in Mormon Nauvoo. On This Star (1946), The Evening and the Morning (1949), Many Heavens (1954), and Where Nothing Is Long Ago (1963) all focus on conflicts between independent-minded individuals and Mormon small-town society.

Sorensen was twice awarded Guggenheim fellowships. The first resulted in The Proper Gods (1951), which follows the efforts of a Yaqui Indian to recover his ancestral traditions. A second Guggenheim supported research in Denmark that enabled Sorensen to write Kingdom Come (1960), an imaginative recreation of the lives of Danish converts to Mormonism during the 1850s. Her other novels are The Neighbors (1947) and The Man With the Key (1974).

Sorensen also published seven books for children, beginning with Curious Missy (1953), which grew out of her efforts to establish a bookmobile program in Alabama. Child Study Award-winning Plain Girl (1955) explores the conflict between the individual and the community among the Amish of Pennsylvania. Miracles on Maple Hill (1957), which won the John Newbery Medal of the American Library Association, is also set in Pennsylvania. Virginia Sorensen died on 24 December 1991.


Capsule biography, written by Edward A. Geary, from the Utah History Encyclopedia

Additional sources:

Lee, L. L. and S. B., "Virginia Sorensen," Western Writers Series, No. 31, Boise State University, Idaho, 1978. (USU Special Collections & Archives, call number 979.092 W524w no. 31)

Mary Lythgoe Bradford, "Virginia Sorensen: An Introduction," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, 13, 1980.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This two-box collection contains drafts of Virginia Sorensen's Kingdom Come. box 1 contains the printer's proof of Kingdom Come box 2 contains a rough draft and draft of Kingdom Come

Sorensen, Virginia E., Kingdom Come, Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1960 (USU Special Collections & Archives, call number: 289.38 So68k).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Drafts must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Drafts, 1955-1960 (COLL MSS 20). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Printer's proof of Kingdom Come.Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Printer's proof of Kingdom Come.

Draft and Rough Draft of Kingdom ComeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
Draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 1-177a
2 2
Draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 177b-377
2 3
Draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 378-553
2 4
Draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 554-634
2 5
Rough draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 1-93
2 6
Rough draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 94-216
2 7
Rough draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 217-308
2 8
Rough draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 309-439
2 9
Rough draft of Kingdom Come, pp. 440-563

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen, 1912- Kingdom Come.