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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 February 1908Alberta, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 12 December 2002Little Rock, Arkansas, USA  (congenital heart failure)
Birth NameDee Alexander Brown

Mini Bio (1)

Dee Brown became known to the larger public as a novelist and historian. His great novel "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is still perhaps the best historical portrayal of the violent relationship between Native Americans and the expansionist Americans with their roots in the Old World.

Brown grew up in Ouachita County, Arkansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, where he got to know Native Americans. He realised that the Hollywood movies with cowboys and Indians wasn't the real thing. He started his career as a reporter and went on to become a teacher and librarian. He retired as a professor of library science in 1973 and started writing actively. Many of his stories were tales of the Old West. He also wrote children's books.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: M.H.

Trivia (1)

The Dee Brown Library, a branch library of the Central Arkansas Library System, is named for him. Located at 6325 Baseline Road, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Personal Quotes (3)

[1971] What surprised and hurt me most was how much the Indians believed the white man over and over again. Their trust in authority was amazing. They just never seemed to believe anyone could lie.
[1974] The West is a tragedy relieved by interludes of comedy. It is a tale of good and evil, a morality play of personified abstractions. Only an epic poet, a Homer, could encompass the American West and sing its essence into one compact volume.
[1980] What particularly excites me nowadays is the growing strength of literature written by American Indians themselves - Scott Momaday Jr., Vine Deloria Jr., James Welch, Jamake Highwater, Leslie Silko. When an Indian learns how to write, he's as good as they come.

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