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"The Red Convertible" Synopsis
"The Red Convertible" Themes
Native American Heritage
Louise and Us
Karen Louise Erdrich, more commonly known as Louise Erdrich, was the first of seven children. She was born on June 7, 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota. She is an accomplished novelist, short story writer, and poet. She is famous for her works in Native American Literature.
Her mother and grandparents told her many stories about life on the reservation during the Great Depression of the 1930's as well as other tales. Erdrich's father also told stories about his relatives and the towns where he grew up. Erdrich maintains that listening to her family's stories has in some ways been her most significant literary influence.
In 1972, Erdrich was among the first women admitted to Dartmouth College. She majored in English and creative writing, and took courses in the Native American Studies program headed by her future husband, Michael Dorris. She graduated in 1976.
Erdrich met Michael Dorris again when she was invited to return to Dartmouth to read her work. The two exchanged addresses and began a lengthy correspondence while he was in New Zealand and she in New Hampshire. In 1981 Erdrich returned to Dartmouth as a writer-in-residence in the Native American Studies Program. Dorris returned to Dartmouth that same year and the two were married in October of 1981. Erdrich's marriage to Dorris began not only a domestic partnership but also a literary one. Dorris became a collaborator and agent for Erdrich.
They had six children in total, three children were from Dorris adoption when he was single. Their marriage eventually ran into troubles when they were both accused of sexually abusing their children. Her response to the allegations of her children being sexually abused was, "All my being was really concentrated on getting our children through it, and that's something you do minute by minute. Then, you know, there's that one day at a time." Erdrich confirmed that Dorris was deeply depressed the second year of their marriage. The accusations occurred in 1995, and the two soon got a divorce. Two years later in 1997, Michael Dorris committed suicide. Erdrich's first novel after the divorce was called "The Antelope's Wife." "The Red Convertible" is in a collection of short stories that was written over the time frame 1978-2009.
Louise Erdrich is a very impressive woman who has accomplished many forms of story telling and has won numerous prizes. In this interview, it proves her pride for being a Native American. After watching this interview, it is obvious why she was named one of the world's most beautiful women.
"All my being was really concentrated on getting our children through it, and that's something you do minute by minute. Then, you know, there's that one day at a time." - Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich Interview
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