Main Topic: Storytelling
Topic: Great Plains
Speaker: Dan Holtz
Marion Marsh Brown: A Continuing Legacy in Nebraska Writing
This program about Marion Marsh Brown explores the writing and teaching careers of the remarkable woman who is the namesake and inspiration for the Marion Marsh Brown Writers Lecture Series now hosted annually at Baxter Arena by the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The author of 20 published books, nine of which won national awards, Brown pursued a writing career that spanned the 1940’s to the 1990’s and was recognized by the Nebraska Council of Teachers of English as one of Nebraska’s 10 most important writers in the late 1950’s.
A pioneer in Nebraska writing, because she wrote in a variety of genres primarily for teenagers, Brown is the main link in a legacy of Nebraska writing which started in the 1870’s with her father Cassius Marsh and continues to this day. Brown not only wrote about nationally known figures such as Nathan Hale and Francis Scott Key but also about notable Nebraskans, including Willa Cather, John Neihardt and Susan LaFlesche Picotte.