75 Significant Books, Part Three


 As 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 eight significant books, click here for the previous seven titles.

  1. Pretty-shield: Medicine of Woman of the Crows (1974) by Frank B. Linderman. Pretty-shield told her story to Frank Linderman through an interpreter and using the sign language.  She tells about the simple games and dolls of an Indian childhood and the duties of the girls and women.
  2. My People the Sioux (1975) by Luther Standing Bear, edited by E. A. Brininstool. Born in the 1860s the son of a Lakota chief, Standing Bear was in the first class at Carlisle, witnessed the Ghost Dance uprising from the Pine Ridge Reservation, toured Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and devoted his later years to the Indian rights movement of the 1920s and ‘30s.
  3. The Life of Hon. William F. Cody: Known as Buffalo Bill, The Famous Hunter, Scout, and Guide (1978) by William F. Cody.  This book covers the years from Cody’s birth in 1846 until his thirty-fourth year—the years during which he grew up on the plains, worked for Russell, Majors & Waddell, rode the Pony Express, went on fourteen expeditions against the Indians, and participated in fifteen Indian fights—the years that underpin the legend of Buffalo Bill and earned him the status of an authentic American Hero.
  4. Saga of Chief Joseph (1978) by Helen Addison Howard. In Saga of Chief Joseph, Helen Addison Howard has written the definitive biography of the great Nez Perce chief, a diplomat among warriors. In times of war and peace, Chief Joseph exhibited gifts of the first rank. Even though he was a leader for peace and tribal liberty, he was destined to see the defeat of his people in the Nez Perce War of 1877 and the loss of all that was important to them—their lands, their horses, and their independence.
  5. The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation (1980) by Charles E. Eastman. In The Soul of the Indian, first published in 1911, the author’s aim has been “to paint the religious life of the typical American Indian as it was before he knew the white man.”
  6. Lakota Belief and Ritual (1980) by James R. Walker, edited by Raymond J. DeMallie and Elaine A. Jahner.
  7. Mormon Country (1980) by Wallace Stegner. Opposed to the often prodigal individualism of the West, Mormons lived in closely knit—some say ironclad—communities. The story of Mormon country is one of self-sacrifice and labor spent in the search for an ideal in the most forbidding territory of the American West.
  8. I, Pierre Riviére, having slaughtered my mother, my sister, and my brother: A Case of Parracide in the Nineteenth Century (1982) edited by Michel Foucault, translated by Frank Jellinek. To free his father and himself from his mother’s tyranny, Pierre Rivière decided to kill her. On June 3,1835, he went inside his small Normandy house with a pruning hook and cut to death his mother, his eighteen-year-old sister, and his seven-year-old brother. Then, in jail, he wrote a memoir to justify the whole gruesome tale.


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