Nebraska Authors

Helene Magaret

Born 1906-05-18 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1998-02-01
Omaha, NE (USA)

Magaret was especially known for her careful literary biographies of Catholic saints and martyrs. Born in Omaha, and briefly attending, at one time, the predecessor of UNO, she taught English literature at Marymount College in New York for some 30 years. She published poetry in leading American magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s. She retired to Omaha. Writer Ruth Crone of Omaha was a close friend.

In old age, Magaret sold her correspondence with poet Ezra Pound to the New York Public Library, where it still resides. Some of her letters are in Ezra Pound related collections in the Yale Library.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Tarrytown, NY

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Essays and articles; Catholic Biography; Saints; Education


Central High School, Omaha
Omaha Uuniversity
AB, 1932, Barnard College
PhD, 1940, Iowa


Secretarial work
Professor of English at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY
Foreign correspondent and translator in Spain (1920s)
Interpreter for Chilean Nobel laureat Gabriela Mistral

Places Worked

Ferderal Land Bank and Livestock National Bank, Omaha
Marymount College, Tarrytown NY


Phi Beta Kappa
Matianna Griswold Van Rensselaer Poetry Prize, 1932
Gallery of Living Catholic Authors
AAUP Fellow


Of great influence on her work was her conversion to Catholicism in her early 30's, resulting in a string of literary biographies exploring the lives of Catholic saints and martyrs.' Omaha World-Herald 2-3-98
Served as interpreter for Chilean Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistra
Friend of Loren Eiseley


The Trumpeting Crane: A Narrative Poem. 1934.
The Great Horse: A Narrative Poem. 1937.
Minnesota and Nebraska Poets: An Anthology of Verse. 1937.
Father De Smet, Pioneer Priest of the Rockies. 1940.
Change of Seasons: Lyrics. 1941.
Who Walk in Pride: A novel. 1945.
Gailhac of Beziers. 1946.
Giant in the Wilderness. 1952.
The Head on London Bridge: Life of St. Thomas More. 1956.
A Kingdom and a Cross: St. Alphonsus Ligouri. 1958.
Filipe: Being a little known history of the only canonized saint born in North American. 1962.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017. (contributor)

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