Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Winther mss., 1934–1964, consist of the letters and papers of Sophus Keith Winther, 1893–1983 , professor and novelist.

Career: born in Søby, Denmark, June 24, 1893, son of Anton Winther and Sene (Lund) Winther; came to United States in 1897 and was naturalized in 1900; B.S., University of Oregon, 1918; M.A., 1919; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1927; married Eline Peterson in 1925. Instructor of English at University of Washington, 1927–1930; assistant professor, 1930-1934; associate professor, 1934–1940; professor since 1940.

Author of: The Realistic War Novel, 1930; Eugene O'Neill: A Critical Study , 1934; Take All to Nebraska , 1936; Mortgage Your Heart, 1937; This Passion Never Dies , 1939; Beyond the Garden Gate, 1946.

The collection is organized into the following series:

I. Correspondence. Concerned primarily with Winther's writings. Correspondents represented include Mary W. Barnes, Herbert Crombie Howe, Glenn Arthur Hughes, Ruth (Bryan) Rohde, and Lee Paul Sieg.

II. Winther's writings. Includes manuscripts of books, short stories, articles, and unfinished works. Three of the novels, Take All to Nebraska, Mortgage Your Heart, and This Passion Never Dies constitute a trilogy dealing with the life of an immigrant Danish family in Nebraska. These three novels have been translated into Danish and published in Copenhagen. Included with the writings is a typescript of a poem by Read(sp?) Bain and signed by him.

III. Miscellaneous materials.

A box and folder list of the collection is available.

Gift. Sophus K. Winther. Seattle, Washington. 1965

Collection size: 45 items

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