William J. Neidig

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William Jonathan Niedig was a professor, poet, and author in the United States. He was born in Iowa, taught at the Stanford and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and became a freelance writer. His 1919 book The Fire Flingers was adapted to film. In 1906, University of Wisconsin professor Henry Lathrop nominated him for the Nobel Prize in literature for his book of poems titled The First Wardens.[1][2]

In 1900 he reviewed a collection of stories by Charles W. Chestnut.[3] He wrote about Shakespeare's work and what is known as the False Folio. In September 1923, one of his stories was published in The Saturday Evening Post.[4] He wrote poetry.[5][6]


  • The First Wardens, poems, Stanford University Press (1901)
  • False dates on Shakspere quartos ; a new method of proof applied to a controversy of scholars (1910)
  • The Fire Flingers (1919)[7][8]
  • The Chrysalis[9]


  1. "Nomination%20Archive". NobelPrize.org. April 1, 2020.
  2. "Nomination%20Archive". NobelPrize.org. April 1, 2020.
  3. "Contemporary Reviews". chesnuttarchive.org.
  4. Fuhr, Ernest (January 27, 1923). ""Stand it as long as you can, buddy -"". www.loc.gov.
  5. "Current Literature". Current Literature Publishing Company. January 27, 1906 – via Google Books.
  6. "Poems by W.J. Neidig. (Published 1905)". March 18, 1905 – via NYTimes.com.
  7. "Neidig, William J. (William Jonathan), 1870-1955 | The Online Books Page". onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu.
  8. "The Fire Flingers". www.tcm.com.
  9. Office, Library of Congress Copyright (January 27, 1918). "Dramatic Compositions Copyrighted in the United States, 1870 to 1916". Johnson Reprint Corporation – via Google Books.

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