WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
(novelist and short story writer)
BIOGRAPHYMaurine Whipple was born on January 20, 1903 in St. George, Utah. Her parents were Charles Whiple (son of Eli Whipple & Caroline Elida Lytle) and Annie Lenzi McAllister Whipple (daughter of John Daniel Thompson McAllister & Cornelia Agatha Lenzi).
Whipple spent most of her life, including her early and later years, in southern Utah.
She is best known for her novel, "The Giant Joshua" (1941) about southern Utah and polygamy. The novel sold well but caused controversy among the Mormon community. She won the 1938 Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.
She married for a brief time, but that marriage did not last.
Maurine Whipple died on April 12, 1992.
REFERENCESFamilyCentral entry for the Whipple family
Whipple family in the 1940 census
Wikipedia article about Maurine Whipple
Swell Suffering: A Biography of Maurine Whipple
Paperback book by Veda Tebbs Hale
Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011
Maurine Whipple and Her Joshua"
25th Annual Juanita Brooks Lecture by Veda Tebbs Hale, 3/12/2008
In Memoriam Maureen Whipple
by Veda Tebbs Hale
Sunstone, August 1992, Pages 13-15
Maurine Whipple obituary in the Deseret News
April 16, 1992