Nebraska Authors

Virginia L. Faulkner

Born 1913-03-01 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 1980-09-15
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Wyuka Cemetery

Faulkner was an editor at the University of Nebraska Press from 1956 until her death in 1980. For most of that time she was Editor-in-Chief. She was also a fiction editor for Prairie Schooner for many years. It is difficult to convey the depth of respect with which Faulkner has been regarded in the Nebraska literary community and nationally, among publishers. According to Robert Knoll, she returned to Nebraska to work as an editor after a very successful career as a writer, including work for Hollywood, for Broadway productions, and for popular magazines. Knoll quotes Mari Sandoz as saying that Faulkner was "the best editor in the business, and I know for I have fought with them all."

Faulkner was a behind-the-scenes advisor for NETV's Ron Hull. She was the sister of Nebraska author Edwin J. Faulkner, Jr., well-known insurance executive.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Cambridge, MA
Washington, D.C.
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Literary History; Literary Criticism; Novels; Willa Cather


Undergraduate Studies, 1928-1930, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA
Miss Moxley's Private School, ROME


Journalist, Washington Post
Assistant Editor, Town and Country Magazine
Scenarist and Screenwriter, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Movie Studios
Freelance Writer
English Professor
University Press Editor

Places Worked

Washington Post
Town and Country Magazine, Assistant Editor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Movie Studios, 1935-1938
University of Nebraska Press, Editor in Chief, 1959-1979
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Center for Great Plains Studies
Prairie Schooner, Associate Editor


Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship, Willa Cather Spring Conference, May 1979
Mari Sandoz Award, Nebraska State Library Association, 1979
The Virginia Faulkner Memorial Fund named in her honor, University of Nebraska Press, May 1982
The Virginia Faulkner Collection at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries named in her honor


Alpha Phi


Friends and Romans. 1934.
The Barbarians. 1935.
My Hey-Day: Or the Crack-Up of the International Set. 1940.
Round-Up: A Nebraska Reader. 1957. (Editor/Contributor)
Out to the Wind. 1977. (Musical Drama with Robert Beadell)

Wrote introductions to works by Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather published by University of Nebraska Press

Early articles and fiction published in Cosmopolitan, Saturday Evening Post,
Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Prairie Schooner and other magazines.

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