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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The divine enchantment :
ISBN: 0879681683. OCLC Number:

Gordon Press,. New York :. 1974.

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

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. 1997.

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

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. [1991]

The splendid wayfaring :
ISBN: 0803257236. OCLC Number:

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. [1970, ©1920]

Black Elk speaks /
ISBN: 0803283911. OCLC Number:

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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"--

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

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. 1988 printing, ©1926.

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.

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

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. ©1991.

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

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. [1991], ©1951.

"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.

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

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. [1986], ©1972.

Patterns and coincidences :
ISBN: 0826202330. OCLC Number:

University of Missouri Press,. Columbia :. 1978.

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

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

Greenwood Press,. Westport, Conn. :. 1978, ©1926.


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