Although the demands on Ms. White’s time were great, ranging from teaching, to committees, to traveling, she managed to write and research consistently for 30-60 minutes every morning. This effort along with her noted energy enabled her to publish many books and articles.
Her novel A Watch in the Night was a book-of-the-month by the Catholic Book Club and was runner-up for the 1934 Pulitzer Prize. Apparently it was the first choice of the Pulitzer Novel Committee, but the General Committee instead chose Lamb in His Bosom! by Caroline Miller because
it was set in an American scene.
Ms. White’s personal library, including many of the books she wrote, were donated to the UW libraries in 1969. The collection of 4000+ books and 6000+ serial items were dispersed among the various libraries on the UW Madison campus and among other UW campus libraries.
Many of Ms. White’s books have been reprinted and/or come out in new editions and may have subsequently changed publishers. The list below attempts to provide information about the first publication of each book.
|Year||Library and Call#||Type||Notes|
|The Mysticism of William Blake||UW Press||1927||Memorial Library
PR4148 M8 W5
|nonfiction||in print; thesis|
|Victorian Prose, a book of selections||Prentice Hall||1930||fiction||ed. by HCW and Finley MK Foster|
|English Devotional Literature: Prose 1600-1640||Haskell House||1931||Memorial Library
|A Watch in the Night||Macmillan||1933||Memorial Library
PZ3 W58365 Wat
|fiction||OOP (out of print)|
|Not Built with Hands||Macmillan||1935||Memorial Library
PZ3 W58365 No
|fiction||OOP; dedicated to her mother|
|The Metaphysical Poets; A Study in Religious Experience||Macmillan||1936||Memorial Library
PR549 R4 W5
|To the End of the World||Macmillan||1939||Memorial Library
PZ3 W58365 To
|fiction||OOP; dedicated to her father|
|Social Criticism in Popular Religious Literature of the Sixteenth Century||Macmillan||1944||Memorial Library
|nonfiction||OOP; dedicated to Harriet|
|Dust on the King’s Highway||Macmillan||1946||Memorial Library
PZ3 W58365 Du
|fiction||OOP; dedicated to her sister Olive; also published in German and
|Seventeenth Century Verse and Prose 2 vols.||Macmillan||1951||Memorial Library
|nonfiction||OOP; coauthored with Ruth C. Wallerstein and Ricardo Quintana (all
|Tudor Books of Private Devotion||UW Press||1951||Memorial Library
|The Four Rivers of Paradise||Macmillan||1955||Memorial Library
PZ3 W58365 Fo
|fiction||OOP; dedicated to Elizabeth M. Richardson|
|Bird of Fire: A Tale of St. Francis of Assisi||Macmillan||1958||Memorial Library
PZ3 W58365 Bi
|Prayer and Poetry||The Archabbey Press||1960||Memorial Library
|Tudor Books of Saints and Martyrs||UW Press||1963||Memorial Library
|Changing Styles in Literary Studies||Cambridge University Press||1963||Memorial Library
|Presidential Address of the Modern Humanities Research Association||OOP|
|Place of Literature in the Present Day||College English Association||1966||Delivered as an address before the Michigan CEA in the fall of
|College English Association ChapBook|
- “Creative Writing in the University.” Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature 5 (Winter-Spring 1964): 37-47.
- “Criticism in Context.” College English 27 (1965): 17-23.
- “Early Renaissance Saints’ Lives.” Annuale Mediaevale 4 (1963): 93-123.
- “An English Professor Examines Her Role in Teacher Education.” The Journal of General Education 18 (1966): 31-9.
- “The Humanities in the Present Human Crisis.” University of Wyoming Publications 14, no. 2 (1949): 33-46.
- “John Donne and the Psychology of Spiritual Effort.” The Seventeenth Century: Studies in the History of English Thought and Literature from Bacon to Pope by Richard Foster Jones and Others Writing in His Honor. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1951.
- “Matthew Arnold and Goethe.” Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 36 (1921): 436-53.
- “Some Continuing Traditions in English Devotional Literature.” Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 57 (1942): 966-80.
- “Southwell: Metaphysical and Baroque.” Modern Philology 61 (February 1964): 159-68.
- “Three Roads to Parnassus.” Western Humanities Review 14 (Autumn 1960): 353-64.
- “Victorian Bibliography for 1932.” (co-author). Modern Philology 30 (May 1933): 399-434.
- “Victorian Bibliography for 1933.” (co-author). Modern Philology 31 (May 1934): 395-434.
- “Victorian Bibliography for 1934.” (co-author). Modern Philology 32 (May 1935): 397-430.
- Wrote the introduction for Drink from the Rock–Selected Poems from Spirit, a Magazine of Poetry, 1944, Catholic Poetry Society of America.
Journals for which Ms. White frequently reviewed include:
- American Historical Review
- Criticism: a quarterly for literature and the arts
- English Language Notes
- Journal of English and Germanic Philology
- Modern Language Quarterly
- Modern Language Review
- Modern Philology
- Renaissance News
- Shakespeare Studies
- Yale Review: A National Quarterly
She was also on the advisory board for College English from 1944-48 and 1962-65.