Literary scholar; university professor and administrator.  Born– Oct. 1, 1937, in Florala, Ala. Parents– John Henry and Clyde (Merrill) Maguire. Married– Calvin Lee Skaggs, Aug. 19, 1960. Children– Two. Education– Stetson University, B.A.; Duke University, Ph.D. Part-time teacher at Teachers College, Columbia University 1969-1973; taught at Drew University, 1971-2008; Dean of the Graduate School at Drew, 1986-92. Member Modern Language Association, Society for Values in Higher Education, Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Published articles in professional journals and anthologies. Received the Edd Winfield Parks Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, 1973.  Presidential Award, Drew University, 2006. Died November 3, 2008.


Contemporary Authors online


After The World Broke In Two; the Later Novels of Willa Cather. Charlottesville, Va.; University Press of Virginia, 1990.

Axes:  Willa Cather and William Faulkner.  University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Notes. Lincoln, Neb.; Cliff Notes, 1969.

The Folk of Southern Fiction. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1973.


The Mother Person. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1975.

Violence, the Arts, and Cather.  2007.

Willa Cather:  New Facts, New Glimpses, Revisions.  2008.


Willa Cather’s New York.  East Brunswick, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000.