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The Broidered Garment : The Love Story of Mona Martinsen and John G. Neihardt - Hilda Martinsen Neihardt

The Broidered Garment

The Love Story of Mona Martinsen and John G. Neihardt

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2006
ISBN: 9780803233515
Number Of Pages: 320

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The daughter of an international financier, Mona Martinsen was a tall, striking, visionary sculptor studying in Paris with the renowned Auguste Rodin. The son of an American pioneer family on the Great Plains, John G. Neihardt was a short, brilliant, but impoverished poet and writer. It seemed like a colossal mismatch, yet both were irresistibly drawn to the same things. In the beginning as in the end, it was a passion for beauty and a celebration of the marvelous that bound Mona and John.

While studying sculpture and exhibiting in Paris, Mona Martinsen was captivated by a little book of poems, "A Bundle of Myrrh," a gift from her mother. Mona wrote to the young poet, he replied, and through a series of letters the poet in Bancroft, Nebraska, and the sculptor in Paris, France, discovered much in common. Drawing on correspondence, interviews, archival research, and her own memories, Hilda Martinsen Neihardt tells the story of how the sculptor and the poet met, fell in love, raised a family, and grew old together. Warm and revealing, this timeless love story will delight the admirers of John G. Neihardt and illuminate the life and work of the artist Mona Martinsen.

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"[A] fondly told story of the lives of John and Mona Neihardt, The Broidered Garment is a fine addition to the Neihardt canon and in the spirit of other work by Hilda Neihardt, who died in 2004. She did much to champion her father's work and reputation, performing readings of his poetry, accompanied by her son Robin on classical guitar; writing Black Elk and Flaming Rainbow: Personal Memories of the Lakota Holy Man and John Neihardt; and editing Black Elk Lives: Conversations with the Black Elk Family. The Broidered Garment completes this work as only a member of the Neihardt family could have done it." -Carolyn Johnsen, Lincoln Journal Star. -- Carolyn Johnsen * Lincoln Journal Star *
"The first two sections provide a richly detailed account of the formative years of the sculptor Martinsen and the poet Neihardt, she studying in Paris with Rodin, and he writing from the small Nebraska town of Bancroft, when they first began corresponding. Section three traces their lives from their marriage in November 1908 until Mona Martinsen's death on April 17, 1958."-Nebraska History * Nebraska History *

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note on the Textp. xii
An International Financier Family
Ada Ernstp. 3
Mary Thorpe, Grandmotherp. 34
Rudolf Vincent Martinsenp. 40
Marriagep. 46
A Tragic Lossp. 52
Vrohmbergp. 54
Big Businessp. 58
Family Lifep. 64
A Family Is Brokenp. 70
Back in Vrohmbergp. 78
Richard Scholzp. 80
Mona Martinsenp. 88
Paris and Auguste Rodinp. 100
Italyp. 114
The Grand Salon, Parisp. 131
The Little Book that Went to Parisp. 136
An American Pioneer Family
John Gneisenau Neihardtp. 145
A Dream Changes a Boy's Lifep. 166
Searching and Vagabondingp. 175
The Little Teacherp. 181
Becoming a Writerp. 184
The Couple
John and Monap. 205
A New Lifep. 214
A Prosy Little Villagep. 226
A Home of Their Ownp. 236
In the Ozark Mountains of Missourip. 252
Skyrimp. 286
Afterwordp. 299
Bibliographyp. 305
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ISBN: 9780803233515
ISBN-10: 0803233515
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.15  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.65

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