Nebraska Authors

Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman

Born 1925-09-06 Mason City, NE (USA)

Died 2012-11-05
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)

Among her many distinguished publications were her editions of George Sand's The Country Waif, and Life in Alaska, the autobiography of her own pioneering Aunt May Wynne Lamb. She co-edited and wrote for French Women Authors, a collection of 52 critical essays that is a library standard. All her life, Dorothy had a rare, equal love of both the natural world of flowers, trees, sky and land and the constructed world of painting, architecture, plays, opera and above all, literature. She travelled extensively and lived for long stretches in England and France. Her daughter, Mary Zimmerman, is a renowned playwright. Her good friends included Bernice Slote and Virginia Faulkner.

Places Lived

Mason City, NE
Hays, KS
Lawrence, KS
Champaign, IL
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Biography


Essay; Biography


University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Ph.D. in English, University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana, Urbana, IL


Professor of English

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Camargo Foundation Fellow, Cassusm, FRANCE 1987


The Country Waif. 1977. (Introduction by Dorothy Zimmerman, book by George Sand)
Life in Alaska: The Reminiscences of a Kansas Woman, 1916-1919. 1988. (with May Wynne Lamb)
French Women Writers. 1991. (Introduction and contributor)

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