John G. Neihardt

  • Neihardt, age 13, with Alice and sisters, Lulu and Grace

  • Neihardt in 1902 during his athletic years in Bancroft

  • Neihardt, recording

  • Neihardt teaching at Wayne State College

  • Neihardt in study, Bancroft, NE

  • Neihardt in study, Bancroft NE

  • Young Neihardt standing on a tree stump near the Missouri River, near Chesterville, MO

  • Neihardt

  • Taken at Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS while conducting a writers' seminar, Summer, 1966

  • Neihardt standing by bronze bust in Hall of Fame, Capitol, Lincoln, NE

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  • Mona Neihardt

  • Mona and John Christmas, 1954

  • Mona creates bust of John

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  • Neihardt and Jocquet

  • Neihardt as a young man sitting in his library in Branson, MO, 1924 or 1925

Literary Works of John G. Neihardt

  • Written or originally published while in Wayne, Nebraska
    • 1900 - The Divine Enchantment: Neihardt's first published work, a mystical poem and his poetic philosophy (reprinted with Poetic Values, 1989); paper, SUNY press, December 2008
  • Written or originally published while in Bancroft, Nebraska
    • 1902 - A Bundle of Myrrh (5 copies printed on author's press)
    • 1907 - A Bundle of Myrrh ; paper, SUNY press, December 2008
    • 1907 - The Lonesome Trail (stories reprinted in The End of the Dream, 1991)
    • 1909 - *Man Song (available in cloth, 1991, Univ. of NE Press; paper, SUNY press, October 2008)
    • 1910 - *The River and I (rev. edition 1927, available in cloth, Landmark Printing Edition, 1992, Univ. of NE Press; hardcover, SUNY press, October 2008)
    • 1911 - *The Dawn Builder (available in cloth, 1991, Univ of NE Press; paper, SUNY press, December 2008)
    • 1912 - The Stranger at the Gate
    • 1913 - The Death of Agrippina (reprinted in Lyric and Dramatic Poems, 1991)
    • 1914 - *Life's Lure ; paper, SUNY press, December 2008 (available in cloth, 1991, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1915 - The Song of Hugh Glass (rev. edition for schools, 1919 ; hardcover, SUNY press, October 2008; reprinted in The Mountain Men, 1971 and A Cycle of the West, 1992)
    • 1916 - The Quest ; poems, paper, SUNY press, December 2008 (reprinted in Lyric and Dramatic Poems, 1991)
    • 1919 - The Song of Three Friends (reprinted in The Mountain Men, 1971, and A Cycle of the West, 1992); paper, SUNY press, December 2008
    • 1920 - *The Splendid Wayfaring: life of American explorer Jedediah Smith (available in paper, 1984, Univ of NE Press; paper, SUNY press, December 2008)
  • Written or originally published while in Branson, Missouri
    • 1921 - Two Mothers ("The Death of Agrippina;" "Eight Hundred Rubles"; reprinted in Lyric and Dramatic Poems, 1991)
    • 1921 - Laureate Address
    • 1925 - The Song of the Indian Wars (annotated for schools, 1928; reprinted in The Twilight of the Sioux, 1971, and A Cycle of the West, 1992)
    • 1925 - Poetic Values (reprinted with The Divine Enchantment, 1989)
    • 1926 - Collected Poems, Lyrics (available in cloth as Lyric and Dramatic Poems, 1991, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1926 - *Indian Tales and Others: volume containing Neihardt's short stories (available in cloth or paper, 1988, Univ of NE Press); paper, SUNY press, December 2008
    • 1932 - Black Elk Speaks: the life story of an Oglala holy man (available in *paper, 1961, or *cloth, 1988, Univ of NE Press; also Pocket Books edition, Simon Schuster, 1972; paper, SUNY press, October 2008)
    • 1935 - The Song of the Messiah (reprinted in The Twilight of the Sioux, 1971, and A Cycle of the West, 1992)
    • 1941 - The Song of Jed Smith (reprinted in The Mountain Men, 1971, and A Cycle of the West, 1992)
  • Written or originally published while in Columbia, Missouri
    • 1949 - A Cycle of the West (in sequence, as originally intended)
      • 1971 - *The Mountain Men: The Song of Three Friends, The Song of Hugh Glass, The Song of Jed Smith, paper, Univ. of NE Press; paper, SUNY press, December 2008
      • 1971 - *The Twilight of the Sioux: The Song of the Indian Wars, The Song of the Messiah, paper, Univ of NE Press; hardcover, SUNY press, October 2008
      • 1992 - *A Cycle of the West, First Landmark Printing Edition, cloth, Univ of NE Press
    • 1951 - *When the Tree Flowered: the story of Eagle Voice, a Sioux Indian (available in paper, 1991, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1961 - Epic America, The Twilight of the Sioux (TV course, Univ of Missouri
  • Written or originally published while in Lincoln, Nebraska
    • 1972 - *All Is But A Beginning: Youth Remembered, 1881-1901 (available in paper, 1986, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1978 - *Patterns and Coincidences: A Sequel to All Is But A Beginning (available in cloth, Univ of Missouri Press)
  • Posthumous Collections
    • 1989 - *The Divine Enchantment and Poetic Values (available in cloth, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1991 - *The End of the Dream and Other Stories (available in cloth, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1991 - *The Ancient Memory and Other Stories (available in cloth, Univ of NE Press)
    • 1991 - *The Giving Earth: A John G. Neihardt Reader (available in cloth, Univ of NE Press)
  • International Editions:
    • 1953 - German Edition - Ich Rufe Mein Volk
    • 1953 - Flemish Edition - Zwarte Eland Spreek
    • 1963 - Dutch Edition - Zwarte Eland Spreekt
    • 1968 - Italian Edition - Alce Nero Parla
    • 1969 - Danish Edition - Black Elk Taler
    • 1969 - Serbo-Croatian Edition
    • 1970 - Spanish Edition - Los Ultimos Sioux
    • 1972 - British Edition
    • 1976 - French Edition
    • Japanese Edition

*These books are available at the Neihardt Center, Bancroft, NE. All others are found in the Neihardt Center Research Library, Bancroft, NE, public libraries or rare book stores.

Honors

1908 Listed in Who's Who in America since this date
1917 Received Honorary Litt.D., Univ of Nebraska, Lincoln
1919 Song of Three Friends awarded Poetry Society of America prize for "Best Volume of Verse"
1920 Received diamond key, Sigma Tau Delta (journalism fraternity)
1921 Designated Poet Laureate of Nebraska by act of state legislature
1922 Oil portrait by J. Laurie Wallace placed in city library, Omaha, NE by the Neihardt Club
1922 Bust by Mona Neihardt placed in Wayne State College chapel, Wayne, NE
1923 Neihardt Club erected and dedicated a Hugh Glass monument at the forks of the Grand River near Lemmon, SD
1925 Named as "first civilian member, The Order of the Indian Wars of the United States," Washington, D.C.
1925 Granite marker with bronze plaque placed in city park, Wayne, NE in honor of John G. Neihardt, remembering "The Poet's Town."
1927 The Song of the Indian Wars chosen by national committee as one of 500 volumes of world literature for the White House library, Washington, D.C.
1928 Received honorary LL.D., Creighton Univ, Omaha, NE
1929 Neihardt Hall, girl's dormitory, named by Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
1936 The Song of the Messiah awarded Gold Scroll Medal of Honor designating Neihardt as "Foremost Poet of the Nation," National Poetry Center, New York, NY
1942 Name listed in Twentieth Century Authors (Kunitz and Haycraft, H.W. Wilson & Co., New York (also listed in 1955 supplement)
1943 Elected a member, National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1944 founder of The Westerners, Chicago Corral, in which he was later made an Honorary Life Member
1946 Received Honorary Litt.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
1949 Listed in Webster's Biographical Dictionary since this date
1951 Elected Chancellor, Academy of American Poets, New York, NY, serving in that capacity 1951-1957
1953 A Cycle of the West chosen as "one in 3,000 books" covering a span of 3,000 years in World's Best Books: Homer to Hemingway by Asa Don Dickinson (H.W. Wilson Co, New York, NY)
1953 Listed in International Who's Who since this date
1959 Awarded a fellowship, International Institute of Arts and Letters, Lindau, Germany
1961 Bronze bust by Mona Neihardt placed in the rotunda of the Nebraska state capitol building at Lincoln through legislative enactment
1961 Dedication "Neihardt Memorial Collection," the Library, University of Missouri at Columbia (Two rooms at the Library house Neihardt's personal book collection)
1965 Highway marker dedicated near Bancroft, NE by the Nebraska State Historical Society
1965 Bronze bust by Cordier placed at Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
1966 Recipient of Fulbright award, India
1966 Bronze bust by Mona Neihardt placed in Fine Arts Building, Wayne, NE
1967 Recipient of Governor's Award designating Neihardt as Nebraska's "Poet of the Century"
1967 Neihardt Study restored by Neihardt Foundation, Bancroft, NE
1967 Neihardt honored as one of ten individuals making the most significant contribution to Nebraska in its first 100 years of statehood. Poll conducted by the World-Herald
1968 Dedication of bronze bust by Mona Neihardt placed in the Library at the University of Missouri at Columbia, MO
1968 Awarded citation and title "Prairie Poet Laureate of America" by United Poets Laureate International
1968 First statewide Neihardt Day designated by proclamation of Governor of Nebraska, celebrated Sunday, August 4, 1968 in Bancroft, NE
1968 Golden Laurel Wreath presented by President of the Republic of the Philippines, Ferdinand E. Marcos
1969 Honored as member in Hall of Fame, Wisdom Society of Wisdom Magazine and Encyclopedia
1970 Neihardt Study at Bancroft, NE listed in the National Register of Historic Places
1971 Recipient of the Mari Sandoz Award, Nebraska State LIbrary Association
1971 Hall of Fame Induction and Citation for Contributions to American Literature and History, Ak-Sar-Ben Association, Omaha, NE
1971 Oil portrait by Frank B. Szasz placed in University of Missouri Library, Columbia
1971 Special ceremony by Nebraska State Legislature honored Neihardt on the Fiftieth Anniversary of his being that state's Poet Laureate. This was the longest any poet laureate in recorded history has held that title--including Greek poets!
1971 Listed in International Who's Who in Poetry (Ernest Kay, ed., London and Dartmouth, England)
1971 Subject of 90-minute interview on the Dick Cavett Show, ABC-TV, New York, NY (First aired Tuesday, April 27, 1971. Retelecast Monday, June 12, 1972)
1971 Biographical data included in The World Book Encyclopedia (W.F. Quarrie and Company, Chicago, IL)
1971 Biographical sketch included in The Universal Standard Encyclopedia (Standard Reference World Publishing Co, Inc., New York, NY)
1971 Life Membership, Western American Literature Association
1971 Life Membership, Official Scout of the Old West Trail
1971 Life Membership, Friends of the Middle Border, Mitchell, SD
1972 Recipient of the Nebraska Builder Award, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
1972 Honorary Litt.D., Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, NE
1973 Dedication of a Hugh Glass Park, Lemmon, SD to Neihardt and "old Hugh Glass" (July)
1973 Dedication of Neihardt Residential Center, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (October)
1973 Death of John G. Neihardt, Columbia, MO (November 3)
1973 Invited by President Tin-wen Chung to attend the Second World Congress of Poets, Nov. 11-17 at Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
1974 Officers and Trustees of the New York Historical Society and the Academy of American Poets held a ceremony honoring four of the Academy's former Chancellors and Honorary Fellows--Robert Nathan, Archibald Macleish, Jon Hall Wheelock and John G. Neihardt (May 16)
1974 Requiem Concert in Tribute to Neihardt by Maurice Durufle, First-Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, NE (May 17)
1974 Named to Nebraska Hall of Fame
1974 Ground-breaking ceremonies held for Neihardt Research Study Center held in Bancroft, NE (August 4)
1974 Black Elk-John G. Neihardt Memorial Park under construction in Bison, NE
1999 Inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame in Springfield, MO (April 29)

Black Elk's Prayer

John Neihardt reciting Black Elk's Prayer. Neihardt wrote the prayer shortly after the 1931 historic talks he had with Black Elk at Pine Ridge Reservation. He was able to capture in poetic form what the great Sioux holy man was relating to him in Lakota conversation. In 1971 Neihardt recorded his recitation of the prayer. Thirty five years later, grandson Robin composed the music and combined it digitally with John Neihardt's recording. The old photos in the video clip were taken by John Neihardt and his daughter Hilda during the 1931 meetings.

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