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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John G. Neihardt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: January 8, 1881 in Sharpsburg, Illinois

Died: November 24, 1973 in Columbia, Missouri

-- John G. Neihardt on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Neihardt was born in Sharpsburg, Illinois and lived there until he was 10.

Biographical and Professional Information

Over the years, he was a professor of poetry at the University of Nebraska, a literary editor in St. Louis, Missouri, and a poet-in-residence and lecturer at the University of Missouri–Columbia.


The Nebraska State Legislature named him “Poet Laureate of Nebraska and the Plains”, a title he held for fifty-two years until his death

Selected Titles At Your Library

A bundle of myrrh
ISBN: 9781441623553. OCLC Number: 457267639

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press,. .

A cycle of the west /
ISBN: 080323323X. OCLC Number: 24628965

University of Nebraska Press,. .

A Cycle of the West, Bison Classic Annotated Edition
ISBN: 9781496207388. OCLC Number: 1039702821

University of Nebraska Press,. .

A Cycle of the West rewards its readers with a sweeping saga of the American West and John G. Neihardt's exhilarating vision of frontier history--

All is but a beginning :
ISBN: 0803283555. OCLC Number: 12974860

University of Nebraska Press,. .

Black Elk speaks /
ISBN: 0803283911. OCLC Number: 871258281

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"Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk's searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, a history of a Native nation, or an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable"--

Black Elk speaks :
ISBN: 9781441693877. OCLC Number: 719369585

Excelsior Editions, State University Press of New York Press,. .

Black Elk Speaks is widely hailed as a religious classic, one of the best spiritual books of the modern era and the bestselling book of all time by an American Indian. This inspirational and unfailingly powerful story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863?1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881?1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world. Neihardt understood and today Black Elk is known to all.--Page 4 of cover.

Collected poems of John G. Neihardt.
ISBN: 031321025X. OCLC Number: 4135739

Greenwood Press,. .

Indian tales and others
ISBN: 9781438425504. OCLC Number: 228369069

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press,. .

Indian tales and others /
ISBN: 0803233183. OCLC Number: 17917754

University of Nebraska Press,. .

A collection of tales by the author, written with extreme simplicity, grace, and beauty; he has adapted his style perfectly to his subject matter, and has made his material as charming as it is engrossing.

Life's lure
ISBN: 9781441623584. OCLC Number: 457255875

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press,. .

Life's lure /
ISBN: 0803233337. OCLC Number: 23900805

University of Nebraska Press,. .

ISBN: 1438425546. OCLC Number: 228369082

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press,. .

Patterns and coincidences :
ISBN: 0826202330. OCLC Number: 3121079

University of Missouri Press,. .

"This volume is a continuation of the autobiography of John G. Neihardt..."

ISBN: 1330171535. OCLC Number: 983428474


Red Crow, warrior chief
ISBN: 0803233124. OCLC Number: 6533478

University of Nebraska Press,. .

ISBN: 1332069606. OCLC Number: 983453248


The divine enchantment :
ISBN: 0803233191. OCLC Number: 18907546

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The divine enchantment :
ISBN: 0879681683. OCLC Number: 1255997

Gordon Press,. .

The river and I
ISBN: 9781438425603. OCLC Number: 228369060

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press,. .

The river and I /
ISBN: 0803283725. OCLC Number: 36301432

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The song of three friends
ISBN: 9781441623638. OCLC Number: 457252231

Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press,. .

The splendid wayfaring :
ISBN: 0803257236. OCLC Number: 94216

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The twilight of the Sioux :
ISBN: 9781441623652. OCLC Number: 457252593

Excelsior Editions, State University of New York Press,. .

When the tree flowered :
ISBN: 0803283636. OCLC Number: 22629407

University of Nebraska Press,. .

"When the Tree Flowered is John Neihardt's mature and reflective inter-pretation of the old Sioux way of life. He served as a translator of the Sioux past whose audience has proved not to be limited by space or time. Through his writings, Black Elk, Eagle Elk, and other old men who were of that last generation of Sioux to have participated in the old buffalo-hunting life and disorienting period of strife with the U.S. army found a literary voice. What they said chronicles a dramatic transition in the life of the Plains Indians; the record of their thoughts, interpreted by Neihardt, is a legacy preserved for the future. It transcends the specifics of this one tragic case of cultural misunderstanding and conflict and speaks to universal human concerns. It is a story worth contemplating both for itself and for the lessons it teaches all humanity."-Raymond J. DeMallie, editor of The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt.

When the tree flowered;
ISBN: 0803257244. OCLC Number: 101756

University of Nebraska Press. .