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Conversations with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris

Conversations with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris

by Louise Erdrich, Nancy F. Chavkin (Editor), Allan Richard Chavkin (Editor), Nancy Feyl. Chavkin (Editor), Michael Dorris

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In both combined and separate interviews, all but two previously published, the two most prominent writers descended from Native Americans discuss how their writing, always collaborative, moves from conception to completion, the place of their artistic and matrimonial union, why they have chosen not to limit themselves to Native American themes, and other topics. No bibliography. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Alice Joyce
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 other's writing. Admirers should delight in fascinating glimpses of their work process and personal lives.

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University Press of Mississippi
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Literary Conversations Series

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Bill Moyers: Michael said, "Our job as a writer"-singular. Do you realize how incredible that is? "Our job as a writer"-two people writ ng a novel, not one. We think of the literary act as such a solitary invention.

Erdrich: I know. I did when I first began. It was this romantic ego versus the world.

Dorris: You are a romantic ego.

Moyers: So that changed?

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
June 7, 1954
Place of Birth:
Little Falls, Minnesota
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1976; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1979

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