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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


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.

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