History, Department of


Date of this Version



Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Spring, 1983), pp. 68-69


Published by Montana Historical Society


Few writers have succeeded as well as Mari Sandoz (1896-1966) in recreating for modern readers what life was like for both Indians and whites on the Great Plains in the late nineteenth century. Her biographies, among them Old Jules and Crazy Horse, and her histories, including The Buffalo Hunters and The Cattlemen, have earned her a prominent place among historians of the West. Her novels, such as Capital City, Son of the Gamblin' Man, and The Story Catcher, are commonly regarded by critics are less successful than her ventures into history.