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Main Topic: Our State
Topic: Nebraska Literary Giants
Topic: John G. Neihardt

Speaker: Timothy G. Anderson

A Perfect Understanding: The Romance of John and Mona Neihardt

John G. Neihardt, Nebraska’s poet laureate, proposed to Mona Martinsen—and she accepted—before they had set eyes on one another. He was a poet and author, and she was a sculptor, and together they built a life based on something they called the “higher values” of art and beauty. Though to a large extent she set aside her own art for the sake of her husband’s, Mona was integral to his work, advising him and contributing to a life that made his work possible.

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