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Mari Sandoz (1896–1966)

Author of Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas

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About the Author

Includes the names: Sandoz Mari, Mari Sandos, Marie Sandoz

Image credit: Al Aumuller


Works by Mari Sandoz

Old Jules (1935) 318 copies
Cheyenne Autumn (1953) 309 copies
These Were the Sioux (1961) 141 copies
The Horsecatcher (1957) 125 copies
Love Song to the Plains (1961) 86 copies
Old Jules Country (1935) 55 copies
The Story Catcher (1958) 52 copies
Slogum House (1937) 49 copies
Capital City (1939) 46 copies

Associated Works

American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Pioneers: Novels of the American Frontier (1988) — Author — 29 copies
Roundup: A Nebraska Reader (1957) — Contributor — 21 copies
She Won the West (1985) — Contributor — 11 copies


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A “fictional biography” of John Cozad, by Mari Sandoz. Cozad, Nebraska is a little town just north of I80 and right on the 100th meridian. John Cozad was a very successful gambler, who used his winnings to found the town, promote the area, and build a hotel. When the Cozad family ran into trouble with local ranchers, they changed their names and moved away; one son adopted the name “Robert Henri” (pronounced “henRYE” by the locals) and became a famous painter and founder of the “Ashcan School”. Sandoz takes the minimal information known about the Cozads – they spent a good fraction of their lives trying to hide their identity, after all – and spins it into a fascinating historical novel. For a small town, a lot happened in and around this area. Conflict between the neighboring towns of Plum Creek and Cozad is instrumental to the book; events include the Plum Creek Massacre, the Plum Creek Raid, the lynching and burning of settlers Luther Mitchell and A.W. Ketchum by cowboys of the Olive Ranch, and the great locust storm of 1875. (If you go looking for the town of Plum Creek, note that - perhaps because of the notoriety - it’s now Lexington, Nebraska. Cozad is still Cozad). An easy, entertaining, and instructive read.… (more)
setnahkt | Jun 4, 2023 |
Back in 1961, when few people cared about the American Indian, she wrote this book, which taught us much about the Sioux that few knew at the time.
Newmans2001 | 2 other reviews | May 3, 2023 |
This short book packs in so much detail, from the big picture of the political landscape to the hardships the soldiers and their horses & mules faced. As a kid in school, I remember Custer being portrayed as a heroic figure, a victim. Sandoz details his political aspirations to become president and how that tunnel vision led to his discounting reports of enemy numbers and strength, disobeying orders, and splitting his forces so he'd get all the glory in a victory, a move that sent many men to their deaths. He did all the things a good leader would never do.… (more)
Chris.Wolak | 4 other reviews | Oct 13, 2022 |
This is the story of Mari Sandoz' father. Jules Sandoz was an immigrant who came to western Nebraska then wrote back to the Old World to try to drum up settlers for the area. He was not a very nice person but this books shows what it took to homestead in those days. I was particularly interested because my dad is from this area and my grandmother went to school (one room school house) with the Sandoz girls. A very worthwhile read about pioneer days. This book was originally published in 1935.
Luziadovalongo | 3 other reviews | Jul 14, 2022 |



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