Sherman Alexie (b.1966)

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch36

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Sherman Alexie (b.1966), in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch36

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675



  • Sherman Alexie (b.1966), writing in a number of genres, within the same volume;
  • Alexie, of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene descent - his work reflecting a Native American background;
  • Alexie, born on the Spokane Reservation - educated there, attending the white high school in nearby Reardan;
  • The Business of Fancy dancing (1992) - published by Brooklyn's Hanging Loose Press, poems and stories in journals and magazines;
  • Old Shirts & New Skins (1993) and First Indian on the Moon (1993) - mixing poetry and prose genres;
  • characteristics of Alexie's writing - humor, directness, and surprising turns and juxtapositions of language and incident;
  • Alexie's first publication, by major commercial press - doing much to establish his reputation;
  • Alexie, impact of prominent positive review - The Business of Fancydancing in the New York Times;
  • Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire – characters, appearing from Alexie's books in his first novel, Reservation Blues (1995);
  • Flight, young adult fiction - adult themes, but Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), his first novel explicitly for that age group


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