Books: Nebraska Pioneer

OLD JULES — Mari Sandoz — Little, Brown ($3).

When Mari Sandoz. writing under a pseudonym, won honorable mention in the Harper Intercollegiate Short Story Contest in 1925, her aging, domineering father thundered at her: "You know I consider writers and artists the maggots of society!" But on the last day of his life, when he was demented with pain, disease and alcohol, "Old Jules'' Sandoz broke down and urged her to tell the story of his struggles as a homesteader and community builder, in the desolate Running Water region of western Nebraska. Last...

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