Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Susan Rosowski


“The whole allegorical aspect of my fiction… has been almost entirely neglected,” Mari Sandoz complained to one of her editors. And in 1965, only a year before her death, she expressed the wish to another editor that her “three allegorical novels might be published together” and enclosed “a sort of discussion of the three books—and their interrelationships.” Sandoz apologized for this explanatory material, saying, “I was too sick when I wrote it.” This document she entitled, “Slogum House, Capital City, The Tom-Walker: The Three Allegorical Novels by Mari Sandoz (Rising out of her concern about the contemporary world)” (S to A). It contains a clear, if brief, statement of her allegorical intent in these novels.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1981 Barbara W. Rippey.

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