Letters of Mari Sandoz

Letters of Mari Sandoz

by Mari Sandoz
     
 


Mari Sandoz came out of the Sandhills of Nebraska to write at least three enduring books: Old Jules, Cheyenne Autumn, and Crazy Horse, the Strange Man of the Oglalas. She was a tireless researcher, a true storyteller, an artist passionately dedicated to a place little known and a people largely misunderstood. Blasted by some critics,…  See more details below

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Mari Sandoz came out of the Sandhills of Nebraska to write at least three enduring books: Old Jules, Cheyenne Autumn, and Crazy Horse, the Strange Man of the Oglalas. She was a tireless researcher, a true storyteller, an artist passionately dedicated to a place little known and a people largely misunderstood. Blasted by some critics, revered by others for her vivid detail and depth of feeling, Sandoz has achieved a secure place in American literature. Her letters, edited by Helen Winter Stauffer, reveal extraordinary courage and zest for life.

Included here are letters written by Sandoz over nearly forty years—from 1928, the year of her father's death and a critical one for her creative development, to 1966, the year of her own death. They allow memorable flimpses of the professional and private person: her struggles to learn her craft in spite of an unsupportive family and hard-won formal education, her experiences in gathering material, her relationships with editors and publishers, her work with fledgling writers, and her commitment to art and to various social concerns.

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Library Journal
A passionate storyteller and dedicated researcher, Sandoz devoted her literary career to the Great Plains and its peoples, both Native Americans and early settlers of European descent. A prolific writer of fiction, nonfiction, and short stories, Sandoz is known today primarily for Old Jules (1935), Crazy Horse (1942), and Cheyenne Autumn (1953). The letters encompass much of her adult life, dating from 1928 to her death in 1966. She corresponded with readers, agents, and pulishers; Hollywood producers, whose films of Crazy Horse and Cheyenne Autumn were travesties; and a wide range of authors, from Bess Streeter Aldrich to Anais Nin. This intriguing collection belongs in both regional history collections and comprehensive Native American studies collections.-- Mary Margaret Benson, Lin field Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803242067
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Pages:
493
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.62(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Helen Winter Stauffer writes that Sandoz's letters "let us share in her historical discoveries and her means of creating literature from historical facts." A professor emerita of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Stauffer is the author of Mari Sandoz, Story Catcher of the Plains (1982), also published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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