this sampler of Neihardt’s poetry and prose . . . resurrects the outlines of a long and varied career. . . . What this book does, finally, is show the elements in Neihardt that came together in Black Elk Speaks. -Los Angeles Times.
These short pieces reveal not only the spiritual and artistic growth of John G Neihardt but foreshadow the themes found in his later, better-known literary works. -Nebraska History
Internationally known for Black Elk speaks and A cycle of the West, John G Neihardt wrote in almost all major genres: fiction, lyric and epic poetry, biography, autobiography, travelogue, literary criticism, and the familiar essay. The giving Earth includes nearly forty selections representing every phase of Neihardt’s art, from the passionate poetry of his youth to the masterworks of his maturity to the lapidary reflections of his old age.