Dorothy Wright Clarke Wilson was born on May 9, 1904 in Gardiner, Maine to Lewis H. and Flora E. (Cross) Clarke. She attended Bates College, graduating with honors in 1925. The same year, she married Elwin Leander Wilson (Bates 1924). Following her husband's graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and the School of Theology at Boston University, the Wilsons settled in Westbrook, Maine, where she began to pursue a writing career in earnest.
She published a number of short stories, plays and poems, many of which had Biblical themes or were biographies of women. Her best known book, Prince of Egypt (1949), won the Westminster prize for the best religious book of the year, and was one of the books upon which The Ten Commandments film was based. Bates College awarded Wilson an honorary degree in 1948 and the University of Maine did so in 1984. She died on March 26, 2003.
Manuscripts for several unpublished works by Dorothy Clarke Wilson (Bates College Class of 1925), including many essays and short stories she created while a student at Bates College. Also includes the manuscript version of two books: Lincoln's Mothers (published 1981) and My Hazen Lives (not published?). Several published poems, short stories, and serial stories are also included.
Organized into three series: I. Manuscripts of books; II. Student works; and III. Publications.
Each series is arranged in chronological order.
The collection is open for research.
The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.
These records are indexed under the following headings in the Bates College Library catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Wilson, Dorothy Clarke--Archives
Wilson, Dorothy Clarke--Manuscripts
Wilson, Dorothy Clarke--Writings
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Dorothy Clarke Wilson papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
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