75 Significant Books, Part Two

PrintAs the largest and most diversified press between Chicago and California, the University of Nebraska Press is best known for publishing works in Native studies, history, sports, anthropology, geography, American studies, and creative works.

In celebration of the press’s seventy-fifth anniversary, the staff has selected seventy-five of the four thousand books UNP has published since 1941 to represent what is most distinctive and significant about our list. We have included books we originally published under the Nebraska imprint, the Bison Books imprint, the Potomac Books imprint, and the Jewish Publication Society collaborative agreement. When we have selected a book series we have listed the year the first book in the series was published.

Here are the next seven significant books, click here for the first eight books.

  1. Russian Formalist Criticism: Four Essays (1965) translated and introduced by Lee T. Lemon and Marion J. Reis. Included are four essays representing key points in the formalists’ short history. These essays set a course for literary studies that led to Prague structuralism, French semiotics, and postmodern poetics.
  2. American Indian Life (1967) by Elsie Clews Parsons.
  3. Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat: A Navaho Autobiography (1967) Left Handed, recorded by Walter Dyk. With a simplicity as disarming as it is frank, Left Handed tells of his birth in the spring “when the cottonwood leaves were about the size of my thumbnail,” of family chores such as guarding the sheep near the hogan, and of his sexual awakening.
  4. The Home Place (1968) by Wright Morris. This account in first-person narrative and photographs of the one-day visit of Clyde Muncy to “the home place” at Lone Tree, Nebraska, has been called “as near to a new fiction form as you could get.”
  5. A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux (1969) by Amos Bad Heart Bull and Helen Blish.
  6. A Bride Goes West (1969) by Nannie T. Alderson and Helena Huntington Smith.  When Nannie Tiffany of West Virginia married Walt Alderson, who’d already been on the cattle trail for years, in 1882, they went to Montana to start a little ranch.  There’s plenty about ranching in this book but what is most valuable is about life, about people in this ranch country.
  7. The Omaha Tribe, 2-volume set (1972) by Alice C. Fletcher and Francis La Flesche.