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Conversations with Sherman Alexie (Literary Conversations)

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Publisher Comments:

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966) gained national attention upon release of The Business of Fancydancing, his first collection of poems, in 1992, when a critic for the New York Times Book Review called him "one of the major lyric voices of our time." More recently, in 2007, Alexie won a National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a young-adult novel based on his own high school experiences.

In Conversations with Sherman Alexie, the writer displays the same passion, dynamic sense of humor, and sharp observational skills that characterize his work. The interviews ranging from 1993 to 2007 feature Alexie speaking candidly about the ideas and themes behind poetry collections (I Would Steal Horses, First Indian on the Moon), short story collections (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Ten Little Indians), novels (Indian Killer, Reservation Blues), and screenplays (Smoke Signals).

Coeur d'Alene through his father and Spokane through his mother, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington. Reservation life is a central concern in his work, as are politics, love, contemporary literature, city living (he now lives in Seattle), and his beloved sport of basketball. Alexie's wit, polemical engagement, and willingness to confront received notions have made him one of the most popular American Indian writers today.

Synopsis:

Interviews with the American Indian author of the short story collections Ten Little Indians and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; the National Book Award-winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; and the screenplay Smoke Signals

About the Author

Nancy J. Peterson is associate professor of English and American studies at Purdue University. She is the author of Beloved: Character Studies and Against Amnesia: Contemporary Women Writers and the Crises of Historical Memory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604732801
Author:
Peterson, Nancy J.
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
Alexie, Sherman
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Alexie, Sherman
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature -- biography.
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Literary Conversations
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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