Nebraska Authors

Diane Quantic

Born 1941 KS (USA)

A native of Manhattan, Kansas, Quantic is a widely-read scholar of Great Plains literature and long-time professor of English at Wichita State University in Kansas. Her book The Nature of the Place: A Study of Great Plains Fiction won the 1995 Society of Midland Author's award for nonfiction.

Quantic was a visiting scholar at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska in 2001. Two of her books, including The Nature of Place were published by University of Nebraska Press. Not a Nebraska author but retained in the database for these connections.

Places Lived

Manhattan, KS
Wichita, KS
Bailey, CO
Chadron, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Great Plains; Literary Scholarship


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1962, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Master of Arts Degree, 1966, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Ph.D., 1971, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS


Associate Professor of English
Writing Program Director
Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English

Places Worked

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
University of Northern Colorado
Alameda High School, Lakewood, CO
Chadron State College, Chadron, NE


A Study of Great Plains Fiction won the 1995 Society of Midland Author's Award for Nonfiction


Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau


William Allen White. (Western Writers Series). 1993.
The Nature of the Place: A Study of Great Plains Fiction. 1995.
A Great Plains Reader. 2003.
Article, "The Great Plains," in A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America. 2003.

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