1984 Notable Authors

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Beverly Kathleen Butler
Herbert Oswald Nicholas Kubly
Paul Lachlan MacKendrick

Beverly Kathleen Butler, 1932-

Beverly Butler says the reason she writes stories for young people is simple: "I like it...I like the challenge of trying to produce a story good enough to keep the interest of such a discerning and choosy group of readers."

Her Wisconsin connection began in Fond du Lac where she was born May 4, 1932, continuing with residence in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Sun Prairie. Beverly now lives in rural Rhinelander with another Wisconsin writer, Theodore Victor Olsen whom she married in 1976.

Until she was 14, Beverly planned to be an artist. Then, impending blindness impelled her to learn typing. For practice, she began typing remembered stories which led to inventing stories. Two years after becoming blind, she acquired her first guide dog, Sister, a Doberman pinscher who saw her through college.

It was at Mount Mary College that Beverly found her first writing teacher. Sister Mary Hester's encouragement helped bring Song Of The Voyageur into being. Beverly Butler graduated cum laude from Mount Mary in 1954, and returned to teach writing there from 1962-1974. She earned an M.A. degree from Marquette University in 1961.

Writing ideas come from places she visits, conversations and reading. Typically, her fiction is of the Wisconsin scene with an historic setting or with the contemporary dilemmas of youth. Beverly researches by Braille, listens to tapes or has volunteers read to her.

She and her husband enjoy discussing story ideas and editorial problems. As a lark, they began collaborating on an historical potboiler, using their middle names as pseudonym. In 1983, it was published by Playboy Paperbacks as Captive Desire by Kathleen Victor. The Olsens share enthusiasm for reading and exploring the out-of-doors. She enjoys music, travel and animals.


17th Summer Dodd Mead Prize, 1955
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1960-61
Clara Ingram Judson Award, 1963
Johnson Foundation Award of Council For WI Writers, 1966
Award of Merit for History, State Historical Society of WI, 1966

Selected Books:

Song of the Voyageur, 1955
Silver Key, 1961
Light A Single Candle, 1962
Feather In The Wind, 1965
Captive Thunder, 1969
The Wind and Me (verse), 1971
Gift of Gold, 1972
Girl Named Wendy, 1976
My Sister's Keeper, 1980
Captive Desire (by Kathleen Victor, pseud.), 1983

Herbert Oswald Nicholas Kubly, 1915-1996

Herbert Kubly says the Wisconsin point of view is present in every book and story he has written. However, he did need to liberate himself from the confines of the Midwest before he wrote successfully.

He broadened his world by going to Italy in 1950 on a Fulbright Grant, having been recommended for it by his former UW teacher, Helen White. That keystone period provided him with experiences for three books. The first, American In Italy, won wide acclaim and a National Book Award.

The son of Swiss farmers, Kubly's permanent address is the Wilhelm Tell Farm in rural New Glarus where he was born and raised. He has been a newspaper writer in Pittsburgh and New York City, a Time music critic, the national secretary of the Dramatists Guild of America and a college professor at San Francisco State College. He retired in May from UW-Parkside, Kenosha, where he had been professor of English and writer-in-residence since 1968. His University of Wisconsin B.A. degree was earned in 1937.

Besides the major publications of essays, short stories, novels and humanistic studies, Kubly has written six plays. Among the national magazines which publish his stories and articles are Esquire, Holiday, Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle and Harper's Bazaar. His popular "Dining Out" column in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal is widely quoted.

Kubly is recognized for his insightful people portraits and for his vivid travel literature. Whether in his ancestral Switzerland, in Italy or in Greece, he excels in encountering an impressive array of characters. His descriptions of them are memorable, whether they be comic, grotesque or sensuous.


National Book Award in non-fiction, 1956
University of Wisconsin Citation for Distinguished Service in Education and Literature, 1962
Council of Wisconsin Writers Award in non-fiction, 1970, and in fiction, 1976
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Distinguished Service Citation, 1982 

Selected Works:

Men to the Sea, a play, National Theater, New York 1944
The Cocoon, a play, St. James Theater, London 1954
American In Italy, 1955
Easter In Sicily, 1956
Varieties of Love, 1958
The Whistling Zone, 1963
At Large, 1964
Switzerland, 1964
Gods and Heroes, 1969
Virus, a play, UW-Parkside Theater, 1973
Duchess of Glover, 1975
Native's Return, 1982

Paul Lachlan MacKendrick, 1914-1998

Although born in Taunton, Massachusetts, more than half of Paul MacKendrick's busy, productive life has been lived in Madison. He was educated at Harvard University and Balliol College, Oxford, and taught at Phillips Academy for several years before entering the U.S. Naval Reserve for service from 1941-45. He married Dorothy Lau in 1945. They have 2 children: Andrew Lachlan and Sarah Ann.

A year of teaching at Harvard (1946) preceded his move to Madison as Assistant Professor of Classics. Six years of teaching preceded his appointment as Professor of Classics in 1952. In 1975 he was named Lily Ross Taylor Professor of Classics.

In 1952, he collaborated with Herbert M. Howe on the publication of Classics In Translation, an anthology of selections by ancient Greek and Roman writers, and a book which has become a mode classic in it's own right. This was followed by two books in 1958: The Ancient World, co-authored with V.M. Scramuzza and his own, The Roman Mind At Work.

He is best known, though, for a series of books that use the discoveries of archeology to reconstruct the histories of particular cultures or civilizations. The first of these, The Mute Stones Speak, surveys the cultures of the Italian peninsula from prehistoric times, with emphasis on the Romans, to the adoption of Christianity as the "official" religion of the empire in 324 A.D. This was followed by The Greek Stones Speak. Beginning with the Troy and Heinrich Schliemann's excavations, the reader is treated to fascinating accounts of excavations of major centers of the Hellenic world, including the story of Michael Vantris' decipherment of the Linear B. script.

Five additional titles (see below) appeared in the series that, by 1980, had surveyed regions and cultures of practically the entire area of the Roman Empire. Professor MacKendrick retired from teaching in 1984.


Harvard University, A.B. (summa cum laude), 1934
Fulbright Fellowship, 1950-51
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1957-58
Consultant, Greek archeology, National Broadcasting Co.
Consultant, Roman archeology, Time-Life, Inc.

Selected Books:

Classics In Translation (with Herbert M. Howe), 1952
The Ancient World (with V.M. Scramuzza), 1958
The Roman Mind At Work, 1958
The Mute Stones Speak, 1960
The Greek Stones Speak, 1962
The Iberian Stones Speak, 1969
The Athenian Aristocracy, 339-31 B.C., 1969
Romans On The Rhine, 1970
Roman France, 1972
The Dacian Stones Speak, 1975
The North African Stones Speak, 1980