Nebraska Hall of Fame: John Gneisenau Neihardt

"My God and I shall interknit as rain and ocean, breath and air; and O, the luring thought of it is prayer."
- L'Envot

Poet, Historian, and Philosopher

John Neihardt (1881 - 1973) had many accomplishments, but was an esteemed writer. One of his well-known works being Black Elk Speaks.

Neihardt spent part of his childhood in Nebraska and attended Nebraska's Normal College at Wayne. He graduated with a teaching degree at the age of 15 and completed his Bachelors at 16-years-old. 

He worked a number of teaching and editorial positions prior to pursuing his love of poetry and literature. 

John Neihardt was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1973-74.


Other Resources:

John G. Neihardt - about column

"John G. Neihardt: Eager Poet, Reluctant Newspaper Editor" 

John G. Neihardt State Historical Site

"Why John G. Neihardt was named Nebraska Poet Laureate in 1921." 

"Neihardt's Song of the Hoe" 

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