Nebraska Authors

Mordecai Marcus

Born 1925-01-01 NJ

Died 2014

Longtime professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a well published and prolific poet and essayist. He grew up in Brooklyn, but has lived in Nebraska since 1965. He wrote CliffsNotes guides to a number of literary works, as well as scholarly literary criticism. He estimates he has published some 500 poems in various journals and small magazines, and several chapbooks.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (1965 - 2014)

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction


Literary Criticism; Essays; CliffsNotes


Brooklyn College, B.A., 1949
New York University, M.A., 1950
University of Kansas, Ph.D., 1958


Professor of English

Places Worked

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Rutgers University
Kansas University
Purdue University


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 18 July 1985


Voice of the Plains. 1989. (audio cassettes series)
Five Minutes to Noon. 1971.
CliffsNotes on Malamud's The Assistant. 1972.
Return From the Desert. 1977.
CliffsNotes on Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems. 1982.
The Poems of Robert Frost: An Explication. 1991.
CliffsNotes on West's Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust. 1984.
Pursuing the Lost. 1993. (Sixth poetry chapbook.)

Ames Reading Series presentation, July 1985:

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