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Published in Great Plains Quarterly 12:1 (Winter 1992). Copyright © 1992 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


If Roger Welsch didn't exist, a writer would invent him. He became known for a single action incomprehensible to the city-bred majority of folks: leaving a comfortable professor's life in a Nebraska city for a farm on the arid central plains. Instead of disappearing into obscurity while academics mused on his self-destruction, he became famous writing about country ways. Still, he's sometimes seen as a mere record-keeper for a simpler way of life that is disappearing into the busy blandness of American society.