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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Victor Hicken  

Pen Name: None


Born: September 28, 1921, in Witt, IL

-- Victor Hicken on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Victor was born in and lived in Illinois. He was also a professor at Western Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Victor was educated in Illinois schools. He is considered an outstanding teacher of Illinois state and local history. He has written substantially in this area and was Distinguished Professor of History at Western Illinois University before his retirement.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Tales from Two Rivers III
ISBN: 9991337083

Two Rivers Arts Council. 1984

This book is from the early 1900's up to the 50's. The author describe the sociological changes of history in central Illinois. This is a must have book of the twenty century.

Illinois in the Civil War
ISBN: 0252061659

University of Illinois Press. 1991

The purple and the gold;: The story of Western Illinois University
ISBN: B0006C5F7A

Western Illinois University Foundation. 1970

The World is Coming to an End!: An irreverent look at modern doomsayers
ISBN: 0870003038

Arlington House Publishers. 1975

"The 1960s represented a giant Wood-stock of doom saying," writes this wry critic." I am quite sure that some of the people who were so eminently quotable in the Sixties would just as soon forget what they said or wrote. The greatest lesson in responsibility, however, is to be held responsible for one's statements." Victor Hicken lets nothing escape his notice. All the prophets of political, social and ecological doom get their turn to squirm. Metropolitan newspapers, the campus and underground press, college professors, public officials - they all had their fling in this orgy of rhetorical brinkmanship: Dave Dellinger (and so many others), "who left prophecies of doom wherever he could find a paying college audience." The New York Times, whose "Op Ed page alone was loaded with so many predictions of gloom for the future that one must almost feel, as Keats put it, 'half in love with easeful death." The Wandervogel, those "sad-faced, humorless children of the urban middle class" who -are really incipient George Apleys of the future. One can see them now - telling their children about those hard days of the 1960s."


Awarded ''Illinois Author of the Year'' by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1976.

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