Nebraska Authors

Melvin Van den Bark

Born 1897 Omaha, NE (USA)

Co-author of The American Thesaurus of Slang. Perhaps best remembered locally as Mari Sandoz's first writing instructor at the University of Nebraska. Helen Winter Stauffer, Sandoz's biographer, describes his importance to Sandoz. He recognized Sandoz's talents, and got her opportunities for further instruction and work.

Van den Bark was also close to Louise Pound and Lowry Wimberly.

He published in Wimberly's Midcountry. 1945; Published in Midland, an important regionalist magazine (1915-1933), Praised by Louis Bromfield in Feb. 15, 1925 issue of BOOKS for story 'Two Women and Hog-Back Ridge'.

Places Lived

Omaha

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction

Keywords

Short Stories; Journalism; Linguistics

Occupation

Writer

Honors

Included in Best Short Stories of 1924

Bibliography

American Thesaurus of Slang. (coeditor with Lester Berrey)

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