Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1935, Old Jules is unquestionably Mari Sandoz's masterpiece. This portrait of her pioneer father grew out of 'the silent hours of listening behind the stove or the wood box, when it was assumed, of course, that I was asleep in bed. So it was that I heard the accounts of the hunts, . . .of the fights with the cattlemen and the sheep-men, of the tragic scarcity of women, when a man had to 'marry anything that got off the train,' of the droughts, the storms, the wind and isolation. But the most impressive stories were those told me by Old Jules himself.'"
"A realistic biography, a rare find. On putting down this book One feels that one has read the history of all pioneering."—Robert Van Gelder, New York Times Book Review Robert Van Gelder
"An amazing portrait. Mari Sandoz has written the truth. And she has given it to us as if she had cut it, like a sod, from the live ground."—Stephen Vincent Benét, New York Herald Tribune Books New York Times Book Review
"It is a magnificent job. The great virtue of Miss Sandoz's book is that you can see it happening. There is a good deal of America in Old Jules. It is, heaven knows, an enthralling story. But it is more than that, and much deeper. It is an experience in citizenship."—Bernard DeVoto, Saturday Review of Literature Stephen Vincent Ben�t - New York Herald Tribune Books
About the Author
Helen Winter Stauffer is author of Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains and editor of Letters of Mari Sandoz.