Date of Award

Summer 1970

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




He stared in amazement. "You're writing on Ellen Glasgow, on her religious beliefs! Did she have any?"

The time, the speaker, and the words changed but never the question. This paper is my answer. It is the study of five rather different aspects of a religious philosophy. All of Miss Glasgow' s writings were examined. However, since all the fictional writings could not be properly studied in a paper of this size, examples were taken mainly from seven novels selected as representative. These include the following: the first two published novels, The Descendant and Phases of an Inferior Planet; three of the middle novels, The Miller of Old Church, Virginia, and Barren Ground; and the last two novels, Vein of Iron and In This Our Life.

All references are to first editions.