Aly, Lucile F. John G. Neihardt: A Critical Biography. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1977. The most complete biography of Neihardt, factual and well documented, although it lacks an index.
Deloria, Vine, Jr., ed. A Sender of Words: Essays in Memory of John G. Neihardt. 1984. Reprint. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. A collection of essays honoring Neihardt, contributed by Dee Brown (author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, 1970), as well as by editors, historians, professors, anthropologists, singers, actors, political commentators, and theologians. The range of contributors and their topics testifies to the universal appeal and the expansive application of Neihardt’s work.
Lee, Fred L. John G. Neihardt: The Man and His Western Writings. Kansas City, Mo.: Trail Guide Press, 1974. A friend’s brief account of Neihardt’s life; Lee, an expert on writings about the American West, also examines Neihardt’s work in the light of that tradition.
Lind, L. R. “The Great American Epic.” Classical and Modern Literature 17, no. 1 (Fall, 1996): 7. Examines North and South American long poems that convey traditional beliefs and customs fundamental to specific American cultures; Neihardt’s A Cycle of the West is examined among other twentieth century North and South American poets.
Neihardt, Hilda Martinsen. The Broidered Garment: The Love Story of Mona Martinsen and John G. Neihardt. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. Neihardt’s daughter writes of the romance between her parents and of their subsequent marriage. Her mother was a sculptor living in Paris when she read a volume of Neihardt’s poetry and wrote to him.
Richards, John Thomas. Rawhide Laureate: John G. Neihardt. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983. An annotated bibliography of the works of Neihardt. Also includes a complete listing of Neihardt’s articles, essays, reviews, and literary criticism, as well as recordings and films of the poet, books and dissertations on his life and work, and public and private collections of Neihardtania.
_______. A Voice Against the Wind: John G. Neihardt as Critic and Reviewer. Oregon, Wis.: New Frontiers Foundation, 1986. Covers Neihardt’s career as a professional critic, reviewer, and editor; outlines his views on Western literary tradition and examines his critical philosophy, which ultimately became the graduate course he taught at the University of Missouri.
Whitney, Blair. John G. Neihardt. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1976. Contains biographical and critical material, especially focusing on the rugged, frontier aspects of both the man and his work.