Louise Erdrich on Native American Authors

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Louise Erdrich, 1954-


Louise Erdrich was born in 1954, in Little Falls, Minnesota and grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota where her parents worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She received an M.A. degree from the John Hopkins University in 1979. Erdrich’s fiction and poetry, draws on her Chippewa heritage to examine complex familial and sexual relationships among full and mixed blood Native Americans as they struggle with questions of identity in white European American culture. She is a novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist and a critic.

Awards and Honors

Best First Fiction Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters
John Simon Guggenheim Award, 1985.
Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose – Children’s Literature) award, 2000 (for The Birchbark House.


(Photo courtesy of Facts on File, American Historical Images on File: The Native American Experience

Online resources by or about Louise Erdrich:

An Emissary of the Between-World
Author: Katie Bacon
Type: etext
Description: An interview with Erdrich from the 1/17/01 issue of Atlantic Unbound.

URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/interviews/int2001-01-17.htm

IPL Online Literary Criticism: Louise Erdrich
Author: Internet Public Library
Type: authorbio
Description: Collection of links to biographical and critical sites about Erdrich and her works.

URL: /cgi-bin/ref/litcrit/litcrit.out.pl?au=erd-189

Louis Erdrich
Author: Gale Group, Inc.
Type: authorbio
Description: This extensive biography of Erdrich comes from the Gale Group’s Celebrating Women’s History Month web site. The content was originally part of the publisher’s Contemporary Authors New Revision Series.

URL: http://www.gale.com/free_resources/whm/bio/erdrich_l.htm

Louise Erdrich
Author: Amy Leigh McNally and Piyali Nath Dalal
Type: authorbio
Description: This page is part of a series from Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color produced by the Department of English and Programs in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Included is an in-depth biography, selected bibliography and related links.

URL: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Bios/entries/erdrich_louise.html

Modern American Poetry: Louise Erdrich
Author: Cary Nelson
Type: authorbio
Description: Site is divided into sections such as: About Louise Erdrich, About Erdrich’s Poetry, Excerpts from Interviews, Bibliography, and External Links.

URL: http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/erdrich/erdrich.htm

The Salon Interview: Louise Erdrich
Type: authorbio
Description: An interview with Louise Erdrich about her writing and motherhood.

URL: http://www.salon.com/weekly/interview960506.html

Books by Louise Erdrich:

Erdrich, Louise. The Antelope Wife
New York, NY : HarperFlamingo, 1998.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0060187263

Erdrich, Louise. Baptism of desire : poems
New York : Harper & Row, 1989.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0060162139

Erdrich, Louise. The beet queen
New York : Holt, 1986.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0805000585 0030706122

Erdrich, Louise. The bingo palace
New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0060170808

Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
New York : HyperionBooks for Childre, 1999.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0786803002

Erdrich, Louise. The blue jay’s dance : a birth year
New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.
Genre: Autobiography
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0060171324

Dorris, Michael; Erdrich, Louise. Conversations with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 1994.
Genre: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0878056513 0878056521 (pbk.)

Dorris, Michael; Erdrich, Louise. The crown of columbus
New York, N.Y. : Harper Collins, 1991.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0060160799

Erdrich, Louise. Grandmother’s pigeon
New York : HyperionBooks for Childre, 1996.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0786801654

Erdrich, Louise. Jacklight
New York : Henry Holt, 1984.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0805010475 (pbk.)

Erdrich, Louise. The last report on the miracles at Little No Horse
New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2001.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0060187271

Erdrich, Louise. Love medicine
New York : Harper Perennial, 1993.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0553344234 (hc.) 0060975547 (pbk.)

Erdrich, Louise; Dorris, Michael. Route 2 (U.S. Highway 2: Description and Travel)
Lord John Press, 1990.
Genre: Nonfiction
Audience: All Ages

Erdrich, Louise. Tales of burning love
New York : Harper Collins, 1996.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult

Erdrich, Louise. Tracks
New York : Henry Holt, 1988.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0805008950

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