Native American Authors
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
Description: An interview with Erdrich from the 1/17/01 issue of Atlantic Unbound.
IPL Online Literary Criticism: Louise Erdrich
Author: Internet Public Library
Description: Collection of links to biographical and critical sites about Erdrich and her works.
Author: Gale Group, Inc.
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.
Author: Amy Leigh McNally and Piyali Nath Dalal
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.
Modern American Poetry: Louise Erdrich
Author: Cary Nelson
Description: Site is divided into sections such as: About Louise Erdrich, About Erdrich’s Poetry, Excerpts from Interviews, Bibliography, and External Links.
The Salon Interview: Louise Erdrich
Description: An interview with Louise Erdrich about her writing and motherhood.
Books by Louise Erdrich:
Erdrich, Louise. The Antelope Wife
New York, NY : HarperFlamingo, 1998.
Erdrich, Louise. Baptism of desire : poems
New York : Harper & Row, 1989.
Erdrich, Louise. The beet queen
New York : Holt, 1986.
Erdrich, Louise. The bingo palace
New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.
Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
New York : HyperionBooks for Childre, 1999.
Erdrich, Louise. The blue jay’s dance : a birth year
New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.
Dorris, Michael; Erdrich, Louise. Conversations with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 1994.
ISBN: 08780565130878056521 (pbk.)
Erdrich, Louise. Grandmother’s pigeon
New York : HyperionBooks for Childre, 1996.
Erdrich, Louise. Jacklight
New York : Henry Holt, 1984.
ISBN: 0805010475 (pbk.)
Erdrich, Louise. The last report on the miracles at Little No Horse
New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2001.
Erdrich, Louise. Love medicine
New York : Harper Perennial, 1993.
ISBN: 0553344234 (hc.)0060975547 (pbk.)
Erdrich, Louise. Tales of burning love
New York : Harper Collins, 1996.
Erdrich, Louise. Tracks
New York : Henry Holt, 1988.
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