Louise Erdrich (b.1954)

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch35

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Louise Erdrich (b.1954), in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch35

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675



  • Louise Erdrich (b.1954) - Karen Louise Erdrich, born in Little Falls, Minnesota, of mixed Native American (Chippewa/Ojibwa) and German American ancestry;
  • Erdrich's characters, themselves - of mixed race and living within a culture impacted, by traditions of reservation life;
  • Erdrich's poetry and fiction, winning her prizes at college - started work for North Dakota Arts Council's Poetry in the Schools Program;
  • Route Two, story of a family trip through Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana - and the novel The Crown of Columbus;
  • Dorris, a productive literary career in his own right - in addition to his scholarly work in Native American Studies and The Broken Cord;
  • Dorris, subject of abuse allegations - by some of the couple's children, and in 1995 with the two separating;
  • Erdrich, meeting Michael Dorris, a professor of anthropology - her husband and writing partner years later;
  • Erdrich's next novel, The Beet Queen (1986) - telling the story of the Adare family, Dot Adare, a white woman with Native American background, minor character in Love Medicine;
  • The Crown of Columbus, having admirers - tale of two Dartmouth professors on an adventure in the Bahamas, less critical attention than most of Erdrich's other novels;
  • murder mystery in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Plague of Doves (2008)


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