Selected Bibliography of Meridel LeSueur


The bulk of this bibliography is compiled by Neala Schleuning, published in America: Song We Sang Without Knowing: The Life and Ideas of Meridel LeSueur. Mankato: Little Red Hen Press, 1983. Updated in 2020 by Barb Tilsen.



Annunciation. Los Angeles: Platen Press, 1935.

Crusaders. New York: Blue Heron Press, Inc., 1955.

The Dread Road. Albuquerque: West End Press, 1991.

The Girl. New York: West End Press, 1978.

Harvest Song. Minneapolis: West End Press, 1982. Albuquerque: West End Press, 1990.

I Hear Men Talking. Minneapolis: West End Press, 1983. Albuquerque: West End Press, 2001.

I Speak from the Shuck. Minnesota Miniatures 4. Browerville: Ox Head Press, 1992.

North Star Country. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1945.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Rites of Ancient Ripening. [Poems]. Minneapolis: Vanilla Press, Inc., 1975.

This with my last breath. Minneapolis: Midwest Villages & Voices, 2012.

Winter Prairie Woman.  Minneapolis: Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, 1990. Minneapolis: Midwest Villages & Voices, 1990.

Worker Writers. Handbook, Minnesota Works Progress Administration, n.d. [1939]. West End Press, 1982.

Zapata. Unpublished novel.
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Children’s Books

Chanticleer of Wilderness Road: A Story of Davy Crockett. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1951.  Minneapolis: Holy Cow! Press, 1995.

Conquistadors. New York: F. Watts, 1973.

Little Brother of the Wilderness: The Story of Johnny Appleseed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.  Minneapolis: Holy Cow! Press, 1989.

The Mound Builders. New York: F. Watts, 1974.

Nancy Hanks of Wilderness Road. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949.  Minneapolis: Holy Cow! Press, 1997.

The River Road: A story of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954.  Minneapolis: Holy Cow! Press, 1997.

Sparrow Hawk. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. Minneapolis: Holy Cow! Press, 1987.
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The Bird. New Caravan, ed. A. Kreymborg et al. New York: W. W. Norton, 1936, pp. 177-223.

The Horse. Story, 15, 1989, pp. 66-104.

O Prairie Girl Be Lonely. Cross Section, 1947, ed. Edwin Seavers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1947, pp. 40-71. Now included in The Girl.

Tradesman La Salle. Manuscript, 3, October 1936, pp. 33-57.
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Collected Short Stories

Corn Village. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Stanton & Lee, 1970. Includes: “Corn Village,” “Persephone,” “Gone Home,” “Annunciation,” and “Rites of Ancient Ripening.”

Harvest. New York: West End Press, 1977. Includes: “What Happens in a Strike,” “Women on the Breadlines,” “Harvest,” “Fudge,” “Autumnal Village,” “God Made Little Apples,” “To Hell with You, Mr. Blue,” and “We’ll Make Your Bed.”

Salute to Spring. New York: International Publishers, 1940. Reprinted 1977, 1981. Includes: “Corn Village,” “No Wine in His Cart,” “Fable of a Man and Pigeons,” “A Hungry Intellectual,” “The Girl,” “Annunciation,” “Biography of My Daughter,” “The Dead in Steel,” “Tonight Is Part of the Struggle,” “Farewell My Wife and Child and All My Friends,” “Salute to Spring,” and “I Was Marching.”

Song For My Time. New York: West End Press, 1977. Includes: “Song For My Time,” “Eroded Woman,” “Summer Idyl,” “American Bus,” “Of This Time, Upon This Earth,” “The Dark of the Time,” and “The Return of Lazarus.”

Women on the Breadlines. New York: West End Press, 1977. Includes: “Women on the Breadlines,” “Sequel to Love,” “They Follow Us Girls,” and “Salvation Home.”

Ripening. New York: Feminist Press, 1982, Elaine Hedges, ed. Includes: Selections from Crusaders, North Star Country, “The Ancient People and the Newly Come,” “Persephone,” “Spring Story,” “Wind,” “The Laundress,” “Our Fathers,” “Annunciation,” “Women on the Breadlines,” “Women are Hungry,” “I Was Marching,” “Cows and Horses are Hungry,” “Women Know a Lot of Things,” “O Prairie Girl Be Lonely,” “The Girl,” “Gone Home,” “Eroded Women,” “The Dark of the Time,” “A Legend of Wilderness Road,” “The Origins of Corn” excerpt, “Rites of Ancient Ripening,” “I Light Your Streets,” “Doan Ket,” Journal excerpt, Memorial excerpt.
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Uncollected Short Stories

“Afternoon.” Dial, 84, May 1928, pp. 386-98.

“Alone in Chicago.” Anvil, 5, March-April 1934, pp. 5-7.

“American Bus.” Masses & Mainstream, 8, 12, December 1955, pp. 26-36.

“The American Way.” Midwest, November 1936, p. 5 and passim.

“Beer Town.” Life in These United States. New York: Scribners & Sons, 1938, pp. 156-59.

“Blues in B Flat.” Mademoiselle, November 1946, p. 260 passim.

“Breathe upon These Slain.” Kenyon Review, 7, Summer 1945, pp. 399-418. Also in O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1946, ed. Herschel Brickell. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1946.

“Christmas and the Child.” Parents, December 1934, p. 16 passim.

“The Derned Crick’s Rose,” Mainstream, 9,7, August 1945, pp. 12-21.

“Dust,” The American Year: Nature Across America, ed. Henry Hill Collins, Jr. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, n.d., pp. 71-73.

“Evening in a Lumber Town.” New Masses, 1,3, July 1926, pp. 22-23.

“Father of the Earth.” The Fountain, March 1942.

“The Glory of Robert Emmet.” Masses & Mainstream, 5, 4, April 1952, pp. 38-47.

“Holiday.” Pagany, 1, Spring 1930, pp. 87-99.

“Home Sweet Home.” Decade, IV, 3, First Quarter 1943, pp. 21-26.

“Home Was a Million Streets.” New Masses, April 8, 1941, p. 18.

“Inheritance.” Looking Forward: Sections of Works in Progress by Authors of International Publishers on the Occasion of Its Thirtieth Anniversary. New York: International Publishers, 1954, pp. 33-41.

“Tron Country.” Masses & Mainstream, 2, 3, March 1949, pp. 53-60.

“Milk Went Up Two Cents.” Black and White, 2, 3, 1940. pp. 26-29.

“The Miracle.” Pagany, III, 2, April-June 1932, pp. 1-16.

“Morning.” Literary America, VI, 4, August 1934, p. 17 passim.

“My Town.” New Republic, 84, September 25, 1935, pp. 175-78.

“A Night in the Woods.” Masses & Mainstream, 8, 12, December 1955, pp. 26-36.

“The Orchard.” Manuscript, 1,6, December 1934, pp. 70-75.

“People in the Heat.” Dubuque Dial, 2, 1934, pp. 70-75.

“Poets of Wood and Word.” Common Ground, 5, 2, Winter 1945, pp. 36-40.

“Psyche.” Windsor Quarterly, III, 1, Fall 1935, pp. 17-27.

“The Root.” California Quarterly, 4, 1, 1954, pp. 32-37.

“Slow Train.” New Masses, December 8, 1942, pp. 12, 14.

“Spring.” Woman’s Home Companion, April 1934, pp. 62-63.

“Spring Came On Forever.” Plain Song, 1, Spring 1967, pp. 5-17.

“The Story of Dan Garrison.” New Masses, January 6, 1942, pp. 12-13.

“Sunday.” Decade, 11,6, March-April 1942, pp. 1-9.

“Sure, Honey.” New Anvil, June-July 1939, pp. 5-8.

“Sweet Beulah Land.” Collier’s, October 5, 1946.

“The Trap.” Scribner’s, 93, January 1933, pp. 27-82.

“The Way It Seems.” Dubuque Dial, 1, 1984, pp. 22-24.

“This Is From David.” Story, 17, 1940, pp. 91-101.

“Tiger! Tiger!” Harper’s Bazaar, March 15, 1939, pp. 115-17.

“Wild Buffalo.” Unpublished.
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Selected Articles

“Benson of Minnesota.” New Masses, September 6, 1938, pp. 8-10.

“Citizen Dove’s Letter,” Sunday Worker, March 15, 1942, p. 6.

“The Dakotas Look Back on a Trail of Broken Treaties.” Worker,

March 19, 1950, p. 4.

“The Farmers Face a Crisis.” New Masses, 1936, pp. 9-10.

“The Fetish of Being Outside.” New Masses, February 1935, pp.


“The First Farmer’s Revolt: A Tale of the American Indian’s Fight for His land.” Mainstream, 15, 3, March 1962, pp. 21-26.

“Formal ‘Education’ In Writing,” no citation, n.d.

“How Drought Relief Works.” New Masses, 20, 8, August 18, 1936, pp. 14-16.

“The Land of the Free Seen From a Bus.” The American Spectator, December 1935, pp. 6-7.

“Lumbering in Minnesota.” The Worker, April 20, 1945, sec. 2, p. 2.

“Midwest Writers Conference.” Pacific Weekly, 5, November 16,

1936, p. 324.

“Minneapolis Counts Its Victims.” New Masses, October 1, 1935, pp. 12-15. »

“Murder in Minneapolis.” New Masses, 12, 6, August 7, 1934, pp. 12-13.

“Of These We Sing.” Daily Worker, August 30, 1940, p. 7.

“The People Demand.” New Masses, 17, 1935, pp. 14-15.

“Proletarian Literature and the Middle West.” American Writers Congress, ed. Henry Hart. New York: International Publishers, 1935, pp. 1385-38.

“Send Off.” The Worker, April 9, 1944, p. 4.

“She Heard the Great Voice of Mother Bloor.” The Worker, August 30, 1942, p. 6.

“Sholom Aleichem Belongs to the People.” Jewish Life, VI, 5, March 1947, pp. 7-8.

“The Short Story.” Manuscript News, 2, October 1935, n.p.

“The Sleepwalkers.” New Republic, 75, August 2, 1933, pp. 313-14.

“Under A Swinging Light in a Schoolhouse.” The Worker, November 21, 1954, p. 3.

“Wartime County Fair.” New Masses, January 18, 1944, pp. 13-15.

“The Wheat Ring.” Edited and adapted by Mary Williams. North Country Anvil, 13, October-November 1974, pp. 438-47.
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“Corridos of Love.” Mainstream, 15, 6, June 1962, pp. 28-25.

“Demeter’s Weeping Stone.” Moons and Lion Tailes, II, 1, 1976, pp. 32-34.

“From the Furrow.” Masses and Mainstream, 4, 3, March 1951, pp. 35-38.

“Gateway.” Minneapolis Skyline: Anthology of Minneapolis Poems. Nan Fitz-Patrick, Ed. Minneapolis: The Colwell Press Inc., 1940, 71.

“Nests.” Poetry, 24, May 1924, pp. 80-81.

“Poem for Elizabeth.” Mainstream, 16, 5, May 1963, pp. 32-34.

“Spring Out of Jerusalem.” Scribners, 93, April 1933, p. 234.

“The Dance of St. Paul, Then and Now and Yet.” n.d. (1940’s).

“Shelter Him in Milk and Meadow.” Prairie Schooner, 43,4, Winter 1969, p. 369.

“Swing Low Sweet Valley,” and others. Minnesota Sings For Peace. n.d. |

“Walkers on a Frail Horizon.” From the Valley to the Mountains: Midwest Poetry. Minneapolis: The Midwest Federation of Chaparral Poets Book Association, 1945, pp. 119-20.

“Run, Run, Come, Come,” and others. South Dakota Review, 8, 8, Autumn, 1970, pp. 128-128.
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“Letter to the Editor.” North Country Anvil, 22, June-July 1977, p. 30.

“Join Hand and Brain.” (book review) World To Win by Jack Conroy. New Masses, XVI, Z, July 9, 1934, p. 25.

“Heroes of China.” (book review) Daughters and Sons by Kung Chueh and Yuan Ching. Masses and Mainstream, 5,9, September 1952, pp. 58-60.

“Saga of the Steel Mills.” (book review) The Magic Fern by Phillip Bonosky. Mainstream, 14, 10, October 1961, pp. 37-44.

“Notes on North Country Folkways.” Minnesota History. 25, 8, September 1944, pp. 215-223.

“Let the Voice of the People Be Heard.” Forward to The Pavement Trail: A Collection of Poetry and Prose from the Allis-Chalmers Picket Lines, June 1946.

“Where the Rain Falls: A Reverie — the Next Hundred Years.” The People Together. Minneapolis: People’s Centennial Book Committee of Minnesota, 1948, pp. 46-47.

“People Are the Story.” The People Together. Minneapolis: People’s Centennial Book Committee of Minnesota, 1958, pp. 1-2.

“Journal Excerpts.” The Lamp In the Spine, Summer/Fall 1974, pp. 94-126.

“Excerpts from ‘The Origins of Corn.’” New America: A Review, 2, 8, Summer-Fall 1976, pp. 20-23.

“Meridel LeSueur.” Minnesota Writers. Carmen Nelson Richards and Genevieve Rose Breen, Eds. Minneapolis: Lund Press Inc., 1945 (autobiographical)

“On a Drumhead.” Seventeen, September 1947, p. 156 passim. (autobiographical)

“The Ancient People and the Newly Come.” Growing Up in Minnesota. Chester G. Anderson, ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1976, pp. 17-46. (autobiographical)

“Tribute to Neruda,’ Tape with Tom McGrath, Robert Bly. November 19, 19738, Minnesota Public Radio Audio Archive #A-354, 60 min. (LeSueur read from “Let the Rail Splitter Awake.”)

“The Circle and the Square.” Speech presented to Minneapolis Unitarian Society, October 24, 1976, Tape.

“Struck to Ash Struck to Fire.” Great River Review, 2, 1, 1979, pp. 31-46.
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Selected Criticism, Reviews, and Interviews

Andrews, Jenné. “Voice of Demeter,” Rites of Ancient Ripening. Moons and Lion Tales, 11, 1, (1976), pp. 84-88.

Clausen, Jan. “The Girl,” Motheroot Journal (Spring 1980): 3.

Clausen, Jan. “Review of Women on the Breadlines, Harvest, Song for My Time, Rites of Ancient Ripening,” Conditions: Three (1978).

“Continuous Woman.” Film, 16mm, 30 min. Femme Films, Inc.

Gelfant, Blance. “Rereading a Radical.” Review of Ripening. The New York Times Book Review, April 4, 1982, pp. 7 passim.

Gorman, Katherine. St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 9, 1944.

Hale, Dorinda. “LeSueur: Living, Writing from Within,” Sojourner 3, 3 (Nov. 1977): 9, 21.

Hampl, Patricia, “Meridel LeSueur — Voice of the Prairie,” MS. 4, 2 (Aug. 1975): 62-6, 96.

“Interview,” West End Magazine 5, 1 (Summer 1978): 8-14.

Kirkpatrick, Patricia. “Meridel LeSueur: In the Cycle of Root and Bloom.” Minnesota Daily, November 19, 19738, pp. 9 passim.

“LeSueur. Woman Writer, Political Activist,” Worker Writer 1, 5:1-2, 7.

“,.on the far edge of the circle…” Lady-Unique-Inclination-of-the-Night (Autumn 1977): 14-15.

McAnally, Mary, ed., We Sing Our Struggles: A Tribute To Us All For Meridel LeSueur. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Cardinal Press. 1982.

“Minnesota Rich in Material for Writing Says Author.” Minneapolis Morning Tribune, October 6, 1947.

“My People Are My Home.” Film, 16mm, 50 min. Produced by Femme Films, Inc. Biographical, narrated by LeSueur.

“New Book on Lincoln Has Pink Tinged Pages.” rev. Milwaukee Sentinel, November 28, 1954.

Prokop, Kathee. “An Afternoon Shared with Meridel LeSueur: Poet of People’s History.” The Minnesota Leader, VI, 5, February 10, 1975, p. 1 passim.

“Red Party Line Is Catch Line in New Abe Lincoln Book.” Milwaukee

Sentinel, November 28, 1954. :

Review of Ripening, Working Women, September 1982, pp. 188-189.

[Schleuning]. Neala Yount, “America—Song We Sang Without Knowing— Meridel LeSueur’s America” (Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota, 1978). (Pub. under Yount.)

Schleuning, Neala, J.Y. “Meridel LeSueur: Toward a New Regionalism.” Books at Iowa, 33 (November 1980), pp. 22-41.

Smith, Mara, “Meridel LeSueur: A Bio-Bibliography” (Mimeographed, University of Minnesota, 1978).

Waterman, Charles. “Meridel LeSueur: Forging Culture.” North Country Anvil 22, June-July, 1977, pp. 22

Winegar, Karin. “Book Filters 82 years of Experience Into Clear Elixir,” Review of Ripening, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, June 15, 1982, pp. 18 passim.

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