Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


Date of this Version

Summer 2007


Published in Great Plains Quarterly 27:3 (Summer 2007), pp. 218-219. Copyright 2007 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska.


Hilda Neihardt supplements familiar anecdotes with her own observations and with stories she heard around her parents' kitchen table as a child. Having spent years as the valiant custodian of her father's legacy, she tells the tale not only of the writer who would become the poet laureate of Nebraska but also of a sculptor who essentially gave up her art for his, a woman who, raised in fine homes in New York and Germany, moved to tiny Bancroft, Nebraska, to join not only a new husband but also a forceful mother-in-law. It is a story--of making not only poetry but also a home and a family--that Hilda Neihardt, who died as she finished the book, relates with warmth and feeling.