Nebraska Authors

Henry Olerich

Born 1851 WI (USA)

Died 1927
Omaha, NE (USA)

Omaha, NE (USA)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Olerich was a somewhat obscure utopian reformer who publicized his views in a series of novels beginning with A Cityless and Countryless World, 1893, his best known work. He and his wife adopted a daughter so they could rear her as an experiment in utopian parenting and education. "No attempt was made to select a particular child," Olerich assured his readers, "on the contrary, we desired to get an average child." Viola Olerich, the Famous Baby Scholar: An Experiment in Education, 1900 claimed that his methods of education had indeed produced a prodigy. The couple lived in Omaha from 1901 to 1927. Olerich committed suicide in 1927, apparently due to health issues.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Utopias; Children




Various Essays. 1888.
A Cityless and Countryless World. 1892.
The Importance of Honest Money. 1897. (under pseudonym James Adleman)
Viola Olerich, the Famous Baby Scholar. 1901.
Trust and the People Compromised. 1908.
A Modern Look at the Universe. 1910.
Pragmatic Psychology. 1911.
Modern Thought. 1912.
The World a Thousand Years Hence. 1914.
Modern Paradise. 1915.
The Woman I Am Looking For. 1918.
Cause and Cure of the High Cost of Living. 1919.
Philosophic History of the World. 1919.
Author's Autobiography. 1920.

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