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Sandoz, Mari (1896–1966) - Western U.S. History

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Mari Sandoz was born Marie Susette on May 11, 1896, in Sheridan County, Nebraska, to Jules Sandoz and Mary Fehr. She began school at the age of nine; at the age of sixteen, after only four and a half years of formal schooling, she passed the rural teachers’ examination. In 1912 she accepted a teaching position in the Sheridan County School and later moved to the Cheyenne County School. In 1922 she entered the University of Nebraska as a special adult student and held a variety of positions including assistant in the university’s English department. In 1934 Sandoz accepted the position of researcher at the Nebraska State Historical Society, where she remained until 1943. She also taught creative writing at the University of Colorado (1941), Indiana University (1946), and the Writers’ Institute at the University of Wisconsin (1947–1953, 1955–1956).

Sandoz began writing a variety of western histories in 1935, the first of which was Old Jules , a serious biography of her father, who had died in 1928. It won the Atlantic Press Nonfiction Prize for 1935 and was the November Book-of-the-Month Club selection. She moved to Denver in 1940 and wrote Crazy Horse in 1942, Cheyenne Autumn in 1952, The Buffalo Hunters: The Story of the Hide Men in 1954, and The Cattlemen: From the Rio Grande Across the Far Marias in 1958. In the 1960s she wrote These Were the Sioux (1961), The Beaver Men: Spearheads of Empire (1964), and The Christmas of Phonograph Records: A Recollection and The Battle of Little Big Horn , both completed before her death on March 10, 1966, in New York City. A Mari Sandoz Heritage Society and the Mari Sandoz Center for the Study of Man were established at Chadron State College in Nebraska. In 1974 she was elected to the Nebraska Hall of Fame. The Mari Sandoz Museum on State 27 in Gordon, Nebraska, is a recreation of her Greenwich Village apartment in New York City, where she did much of her writing. A nearby historical marker also commemorates her success.

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