|Author: Louise/ Chavkin Erdrich||Editor: Allan Chavkin Nancy Feyl Chavkin Allan Chavkin Nancy Feyl Chavkin|
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|From Booklist Erdrich and Dorris currently share great success as a literary couple with their unique collaborative relationship. The editors have selected 25 interviews for this volume of the Literary Conversations series; together, the interviewers reveal some of the sources of the magic found in the fiction of these two fascinating writers. A striking characteristic surfaces from the slew of similar questions being asked and responded to again and again in these pages. If Erdrich and Dorris have forged a distinctive partnership--and it appears they have--it is due in part to their fearless acceptance of an unprecedented level of creative participation in each others writing. Admirers should delight in fascinating glimpses of their work process and personal lives. --Alice Joyce *Author: Chavkin, Allan/ Chavkin, Nancy Feyl/ Erdrich, Louise *Series Title: Literary Conversations (Paperback) *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 292 *Publication Date: 1994/01/01 *Language: English *Dimensions: 8.96 x 6.10 x 0.74 inches|
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Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris, perhaps the most prominent writers of Native American descent, collaborate on all their works.|In these interviews, conducted both separately and jointly, they discuss how their writing moves from conception to completion and how The Beet Queen, Tracks, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, and The Crown of Columbus have been enhanced by both their artistic and their matrimonial union.|Being of mixed blood and having lived in both white and Indian worlds, they give an original perspective on American society. Sometimes with humor and always with refreshing candor, their discussions undermine the damaging stereotypes of American Indians.|Some of the interviews focus on their nonfiction book The Broken Cord, which recounts the struggle to solve their adopted son's health problems from fetal alcohol syndrome.|Included also are two recent interviews published here for the first time.|In this collection Erdrich and Dorris tell why they have chosen to write about many varying subjects and why they refuse to be imprisoned in a literary ghetto of writers whose only subjects are Native Americans.
Erdrich's mother was Chippewa, her father German, and she was raised in North Dakota near the Chippewa reservation where her grandparents lived--a setting for much of her work. She attended Dartmouth, where she met the writer Michael Dorris, whom she married in 1981, and from whom she separated shortly before his suicide in 1997. Erdrich and Dorris collaborated on several of their fiction works. In her novels and short stories, Erdrich writes about her Native-American heritage, often transplanting characters from one book to another. Her dominant theme is the struggle to retain traditional Native-American values in the face of poverty, racism, and the pervasiveness of white culture.Part Modoc on his father's side, Michael Dorris was very conscious of his Native-American roots. (He was also part Irish and French.) Educated at Georgetown and Yale, he helped promote the study of Native American culture through his works of nonfiction and fiction, and founded the Native American Studies Department at Dartmouth College. He married the part-Chippewa writer Louise Erdrich in 1981 and collaborated with her on fictional works. They had several children, both by birth and by adoption, including three adopted Native American children. Eventually separated from his wife, Dorris committed suicide at the age of 52.
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