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First published in 1935, Old Jules is unquestionably Mari Sandoz's masterpiece. This portrait of her pioneer father grew out of "the silent hours of listening behind the stove or the wood box, when it was assumed, of course, that I was asleep in bed. So it was that I heard the accounts of the hunts, . . .of the fights with the cattlemen and the sheep-men, of the tragic scarcity of women, when a man had to ‘marry anything that got off the train,’ of the droughts, the storms, the wind and isolation. But the most impressive stories were those told me by Old Jules himself."
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Helen Winter Stauffer is author of Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains and editor of Letters of Mari Sandoz.Review:
First published in 1935, Old Jules is unquestionably Sandoz's masterpiece. "A realistic biography, a rare find. On putting down this book one feels that one has read the history of all pioneering."
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Book Description University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1985. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: None. 50th Anniversary Edition. Volume has gray covers with silver lettering on the spine. Book itself is protected in an archival quality cover. Clean, fresh, tight and bright. 430 pages. Includes an Afterword by Helen Winter Stauffer. This book is an American classic. Old Jules has sustained its power to interest readers because of the author's ability to depict an important historical period and also because of her recreation of the repellent yet fascinating character of her father. This father was often a human devil to his family. Yet the book is more than a biography of her father. The author wanted to incorporate the land itself, the specific environment of the northwestern Nebraska sandhill region and environs and make it a biography of a community. The staying power of the volume is the evidence of her success. A nice copy of the 50th anniversary edition. Seller Inventory # 002118