Holtz, William Victor
Finnish North American Literature Association
William Victor Holtz was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on April 9, 1932, and grew up in the
Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the city of Hancock. His maternal grandparents are
Andrew and Marguerete (nee Hakkarainen) Mustonen. In 1954, he married Lora Mowry
with whom he had three children.
He was educated in Michigan and Washington, earning a BA from the University of
Michigan in 1954, an MA from the University of Washington in 1955, and a PhD from the
University of Michigan in 1965. He is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor Emiritus in
the Department of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been employed
by the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and
the University of Michigan.
His professional publications are many, including work on Charlotte Bronte, Dorothy
Thompson, Rose Wilder Lane, Samuel Johnson, Sinclair Lewis, and others.
Gathering the Family. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane. William Holtz Editor. Columbia,
MO: University of Missouri Press, 1992.
Travels with Zenobia: Paris to Albania by Model T Ford. A travel narrative by Rose
Wilder Lane and Helen Boylson. Edited by William Holtz. Columbia, MO: University of
Missouri Press, 1983.
Two Tales by Charlotte Bronte: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart." Transcribed and edited by
William Holtz. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1980.
Image and Immortality: A Study of "Tristram Shandy." Providence, RI: Brown University