A Cycle of the West
By John G. Neihardt
A Cycle of the West rewards its readers with a sweeping saga of the American West and John G. Neihardt’s exhilarating vision of frontier history. Infused with wonder, nostalgia, and a keen appreciation of epic history, A Cycle of the West provides an ideal introduction to the world of Black Elk Speaks.
Unquestionably the masterpiece of the poet who has been called the “American Homer,” A Cycle of the West celebrates the land and legends of the Old West in five narrative poems: The Song of Three Friends (1919), The Song of Hugh Glass (1915), The Song of Jed Smith (1941), The Song of the Indian Wars (1925), and The Song of the Messiah (1935). This unforgettable epic of discovery, conquest, courage, and tragedy speaks movingly and resoundingly of a unique American experience.
John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) is known internationally for Black Elk Speaks and is a noted author in several genres. He is the author of A Cycle of the West and Knowledge and Opinion, both available from the University of Nebraska Press. Coralie Hughes is the granddaughter of John G. Neihardt and the head of the Neihardt Trust. Raymond J. DeMallie is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk’s Teachings Given to John G. Neihardt, available in a Bison Books edition.
“A sweeping narrative told with poetic images as big as the great American west.”—Alexandra Ceely, Historical Novels Review
“A vigorous, mural-minded epic. . . . that is by turns vivid, exalted, devastating, bloody and beautiful.”—Norman Corwin, Los Angeles Times Book Review