Nebraska Authors

Joseph E.A. Alexis

Born 1885-07-22 York, NE (USA)

Died 1969-08-15
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Wyuka Cemetery

Famous linguist who taught many languages at the University of Nebraska. He came to the University in 1910 and was Chairman of the Germanic Languages Department from 1933 to 1940, then served as Chair of the Modern Languages Department from 1940 until his retirement in 1950. Dr. Alexis taught English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Icelandic, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Gothic, Old High German, Greek, Latin and Russian. Dr. Alexis was knighted by King Gustav V of Sweden in 1944 in recognition of the professor's work as an author and educator.

Places Lived

York, NE
Rock Island, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Lincoln, NE
Chicago, IL
Davidson, NC
Lund, Sweden
Madrid, Spain
Paris, France

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Modern Languages; Linguistics; Textbooks


BA, 1905, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
MA, 1906, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
PhD, 1918, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
PhD, 1930, University of Paris, Paris, France


Professor of Languages, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Professor, Rice University, Houston, TX
Professor, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Professor, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Rice University, Houston, TX
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Davidson College, Davidson, NC


Knight of the Royal Order of Vasa (Sweden), 1944


Nebraska Authors' Guild
Linguistic Society of America
Modern Language Association of America
Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Founder and Past President
Lincoln Rotary Club, President
Lincoln Farmer's Club, President
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Member
Alliance Francaise de Lincoln, Vice President
Unsuccessful Candidate for Congress and Senate, 1950 and 1954


Geijerstam's Mina Pojkar. 1911. (editor)
German Relatives in Eighteenth Century Prose. 1919.
First Course in German. 1919.
Strindberg's Master Olaf. 1921.
Strindberg's Pask. 1921.
Strindberg's Stories and Poems. 1924.
First Course in Spanish. 1925.
The Ice Is Breaking1925. (translator)
Lazarillo de Tormes. 1927.
Valdes' Riverita. 1928.

Was also a contributor to:
Encyclopedia Americana
Prairie Schooner
Nebraska Historical Society Publications

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