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Virgilia Peterson

lecturer , author.

Virgilia Peterson, American lecturer, author. Recipient Peabody award for Way of New York City radio program, Books in Profile, 1956. Member American Women in Radio and television.


Peterson, Virgilia was born on May 16, 1904 in New York City. Daughter of Frederick and Antoinette (Rotan) Peterson.


Graduate Westover School, Middlebury, Connecticut, 1921. Student Vassar College, 1921-1923. Diploma in French, U. Grenoble, France, 1924.


August 1965). Book reviewer New York Herald Tribune, 1928-1957, New York Times, since 1956. Lecturer, 1940-1944, since 1952. Moderator television program The Author Meets the Critics, 1952-1955.

Free-lance writer and guest on television and radio programs.


  • Author: Polish Profile, 1940. Beyond This Shore, 1942 (with Ruth Neely and Mary Love Collins). Eminent Women Recipients of the National Achievement Award, 1945.A Matter of Life and Death, 1961. Translator: from French: The Mesh, Voyage to Lourdes, Golden Goat. (with C. G. Paulding) Image of America.Passage Through the Red Sea.


Member American Women in Radio and television. Clubs: P.E.N., Cosmopolitan (New York City).


Married Malcolm Ross, October 2, 1926 (divorced). Married second, Paul Sapieha, July 2, 1933 (divorced).; married 3d, C. Gouverneur Paulding, June 5, 1950 (deceased.

Children: Christine, Nicholas.

Frederick Peterson

Antoinette (Rotan) Peterson

Malcolm Ross

Paul Sapieha

C. Gouverneur Paulding

Christine Peterson

Nicholas Peterson

William Lawrence Shirer
William Lawrence Shirer - lover of Virgilia Peterson

Refer to Shirer's book "A Native's Return" (Book Seven, Chapter 1).

She left a note for him just before committing suicide.

In it she describes herself as being a 'todos y nada' (all or nothing) person.

You can read the note in Shirer's book.