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Marilyn Arnold
Now living in a quiet desert community in Southern Utah, amid sand and sagebrush, at the base of a magnificent red sandstone mountain, Marilyn Arnold enjoys her retirement from years of academic achievement and service.

At the close of her successful teaching career at Brigham Young University, she was honored as an emeritus professor of English. She was also appointed to several administrative posts-one of them with Dallin H. Oaks, Director of the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, and Dean of Graduate Studies. She still publishes through the Women's Research Institute at BYU, and lectures for the Utah Humanities Council Speakers' Bureau. In the St. George area she has served eight years on the Dixie State College Board of Trustees, and teaches a BYU literature class for adult learners.

An internationally recognized authority on novelist Willa Cather, Marilyn has emulated Cather's desire to write about her own experiences in her own homeland.


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Religion Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Birth Date November 26, 1935
Birth Place Salt Lake City, UT
Parents Father: Henry Lynn (road contractor)
Mother: Rhoda Jane (teacher; maiden name, Clark)
Education Brigham Young University, B.S., 1957
Brigham Young University, M.S., 1958
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., 1968
Career Assistant Dean of Women, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1962-64
Assistant Director of Student Financial Aid, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1964-65
Assistant Professor of English, Weber State College, Ogden, UT, 1968-69
Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1969-75
Associate Professor and Assistant to the President, Brigham Young University, 1975-79
Professor of English, Brigham Young University, 1980-
Director of the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature, Brigham Young University, 1979-82
Dean of Graduate Studies, Brigham Young University, 1985-
Affiliations Willa Cather Foundation
Modern Language Association of American
Philological Association of the Pacific Coast
Western Literature Association
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association,
Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters
Consortium of Utah Women in Higher Education
Awards Karl G. Maeser Research Award from Brigham Young University Alumni Association, 1985
Personal Statement "So far, except for occasional pieces in general circulation periodicals, my published writing has been largely academic. My lifelong dream, however, is to leave structured academic life (and the incessant administrative jobs that sap energy and time) and devote myself to writing (and hiking and playing tennis and skiing). Though the mountains are dear, the desert is my first love, and I would like to do some writing that reflects my experiences there as an avid backpacker. I would also expect, in the more relaxed setting of home, rather than university office, to continue to write about Willa Cather and Eudora Welty. I would hope to have more time to spend in the library. Like Sonny in one of James Baldwin's stories, I believe that people should get to do what they earnestly want to do. I hope that I don't have to wait until the age of sixy-five to realize my dream" (from Contemporary Authors).

Works by Marilyn Arnold
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Eliza Roxcy Snow1997Biography / Memoir
Art and Soul: Lessons from Willa Cather for Mormon Writers, Critics, and Audiences2004Criticism
Sweet is the Word: Reflections on the Book of Mormon--its Narrative, Teachings, and People 1996Criticism
A Look at Popular Romance Fiction : (Confessions of an English Teacher)1987Criticism
Art and the Noble Idea1981Criticism
Walking the Tightrope: Mormon Audiences2003Interview / Panel
The Worth of Fiction: Interviews with Marilyn Arnold, Marden Clark and Ed Geary1979Interview / Panel
Perfecting Amiable2007Novel
The Classmates2003Novel
Fields of Clover: A Novel2002Novel
Sky Full of Ribbons2000Novel
Song of Hope: A Novel1999Novel
Desert Song: A Novel1998Novel
Wherefore Lift up Thy Heart and RejoicePersonal Essay
A Poet of Conscience1982Review


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