From 1913 to 1941

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From 1913 to 1941, Neihardt concentrated his artistic energies on writing  A Cycle of the West,  an epic  poem about the American West composed of five separate  songs.  During these years, he developed  the pattern of doing other kinds of writing to earn money and sometimes to acquire material, then  allowing himself an extended period of time to work on his poetry. For example,  Outing  magazine  commissioned  The River and I.  It was published separately as a first-person adventure or travelogue,  but it also supplied a great deal of the background material for  The Song of Hugh Glass  (1915) and  The Song of Three Friends  (1919), which were the first two sections of  A Cycle of the West.  Neihardt's 1920 biography of Jedediah Smith (an earlier American explorer who was the first to cross  the Sierra Nevada),  The Splendid Wayfaring,  provided material for 
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