More About Herbert Krause Poems and Essays

The Center for Western Studies deserves our thanks for making available these added dimensions of one of South Dakota's most significant writers. -- South Dakota Library Association's Book Marks
The essays, written between 1939 and 1973, are pleasingly diverse. Whether writing on literature, the craft of fiction, western American history, ornithology, or ecology, Krause sought to set an example for young western writers and to encourage them "to speak for the courageous men and women who struck plow into sod and axe into tree, flung back obdurate nature, storm and locust-plague, to raise side-wall and roof-tree for themselves, their sons and daughters and their children; with the lantern of faith in their eyes and the strength of giants in their hands." -- Western American Literature
When Herbert Krause won the friends of American Writers' Award in 1939 for the powerful Wind Without Rain, his career as a major novelist was launched. Stephen Vincent Benet pronounced him "one of our essential novelists." With that best seller and a second in 1946, The Thresher, Krause established himself as the historian of Pockerbrush, the hilly lake country of west-central Minnesota, and the hard life and harsh religion of the German homesteaders there. Now his poetry and essays have been brought together for the first time in a collection that reveals at last the full extent of his accomplishment. Krause's poems range from sparse lyrics reminiscent of Robert Frost (one of his mentors), to rustic dialogues, to sad laments about lost youth and lost opportunity. The essays, even fuller in variety, present the literary critic, the comic commentator, and above all the sensitive and poetic naturalist and environmentalist, penetrating the Black Hills or dizzied by the tracery of geese in motion.

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