Nebraska Authors

Paul Robert Beath

Born 1905-12-19 Rockford, IL (USA)

Employee of the Nebraska Federal Writers Project. Also 1930s employee of the Gothenberg, NE Times. It has been suggested that he took the lead in making up the Febold Feboldson stories as "fakelore" rather than discovering them as "folklore." He was a close associate of Lowry Wimberly, and of Frederick Christensen and J. Harris Gable of the Nebraska Federal Writers' Project, all of whom also contributed to the Feboldson stories.

Places Lived

Gothenburg, NE
Washington D.C.

Author Of

  • Fiction


Folklore; Febold Feboldson; Great Plains Folklore; Nebraska Federal Writers Project


AB, 1928, ILL
MA, 1930, Wisconsin
LLB, 1942,George Washington University




Member of American Folklore Society


Febold Feboldson.
Tall Tales From the Great Plains. 1948. (2nd ed. with introduction by Lousie Pound, 1962)
Catalog of Library of Congress Sesquicentennial Exhibit. 1950.

Short Stories and Poetry Represented in:
The American Language, Treasury of American Folklore, American Regionalism and other anthologies of Folk Tales
Modern Uses of Logic and Law
Saturday Review
Kenyon Review

Paririe Schooner
Nebraska History
American Speech

Law Journals

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