W. P. Kinsella American Literature Analysis
Kinsella turned to writing late in life, publishing his first story collection at the age of forty-two. Since then, however, he has become one of North America’s most prolific authors, winning numerous awards and receiving critical acclaim for his stories about western Canadian Cree Indians and the mystical and magical realms of baseball. Still, he is probably best known for the 1989 film adaption of his novel Shoeless Joe, which was released as Field of Dreams, an apt and telling title.
Kinsella’s first literary success came in 1974, when he started publishing the stories that would appear in Dance Me Outside, pieces that dealt predominantly with a young Cree Indian named Silas Ermineskin. Silas is the character that Kinsella comes back to most in his stories about the Cree Nation, but he has assembled quite a cast of characters on the reserve, and he tells their tales in more than one hundred stories, which are collected in Dance Me Outside; Scars; Born Indian; The Moccasin Telegraph, and Other Stories; The Fencepost Chronicles; Brother Frank’s Gospel Hour, and Other Stories; and several other books. In his tales about the Cree Nation, Kinsella focuses on issues of truth and hypocrisy, frustration and endurance, love and hatred. The stories are hard-edged yet sensitive, and they are often very comical. Though Kinsella is not a Canadian Indian, he has been widely...
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