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.

Title Original
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
PR424 W4
nonfiction in print
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
College Library

PR549 R4 W5
nonfiction OOP
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
BR757 W45
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
College Library

PR1127 W5
nonfiction OOP; coauthored with Ruth C. Wallerstein and Ricardo Quintana (all
at UW)
Tudor Books of Private Devotion UW Press 1951 Memorial Library
BV4818 W48
nonfiction in print
The Four Rivers of Paradise Macmillan 1955 Memorial Library
College 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
fiction OOP
Prayer and Poetry The Archabbey Press 1960 Memorial Library
PN1386 W45
lecture OOP
Tudor Books of Saints and Martyrs UW Press 1963 Memorial Library
BV4818 W483
nonfiction in print
Changing Styles in Literary Studies Cambridge University Press 1963 Memorial Library
PB6 M5
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



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.

Unpublished Texts