Nebraska Authors

Oscar Micheaux

Born 1884-01-02 Metropolis, IL (USA)

Died 1951
Charlotte, NC (USA)

Although Micheaux is not a Nebraska author, his connections to the state are that he came to Omaha, published his first novel with a Lincoln printer (Woodruff), and traveled through the state and shopped here while homesteading on the Rosebud in SD. He is an important Great Plains author, and his 1919 feature film, The Homesteader (the first feature film to be produced by an African-American) leads to inquiries that assume he is a Nebraska author. Since he is not a Nebraska author, we don't offer a biography, but point out that the IMDB offers an excellent on-line mini-biography.

Places Lived

New Jersey
South Dakota
North Carolina

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Visual Work


Novelist; filmmaker


The extent of his formal education is unknown;


Pullman porter
Farmer and Rancher
Film director and producer


His first two novels were published in Lincoln
Married the actress Alice Russell, who appeared in many of Micheaux's films, in 1929


The Conquest, the Story of a Negro Pioneer. 1913.
The Forged Note, a Romance of the Darker Races. 1915.
The Homesteader: A Novel. 1917. (the author's first film is based on this book)
The Wind From Nowhere. 1941.
The Case of Mrs. Wingate. 1944.
The Story of Dorothy Stanfield. 1946.
The Masquerade. 1947.

Films by Micheaux:
The Homesteader. 1918.
Circumstantial Evidence. 1919.
Within Our Gates. 1920.
Deceit. 1921.
The Gunsaulus Mystery. 1921.
The Dungeon. 1922.
Son of Satan. 1924.
Birth Right. 1924. (silent version)
Talkie. 1939.
A Daughter of the Congo. 1930.
The Exile. 1931.
Temptation. 1936.
Underworld. 1936.
God's Stepchildren. 1938.
The Notorious Elinor Lee. 1940.
The Betrayal. 1948. (based on Micheaux's novel, The Wind From Nowhere)

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Oscar Micheaux

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