Analyze Louise Erdrich's (author of The Round House) background.

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Author Louise Erdrich has been publishing fiction since the early 1980s; she is also an accomplished poet. Among the many awards she has earned include the National Book Critics Circle Award for Love Medicine (1984). Erdrich studied creative writing at Dartmouth College, where she earned her bachelor's degree, and at...

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Author Louise Erdrich has been publishing fiction since the early 1980s; she is also an accomplished poet. Among the many awards she has earned include the National Book Critics Circle Award for Love Medicine (1984). Erdrich studied creative writing at Dartmouth College, where she earned her bachelor's degree, and at Johns Hopkins University, from which she received a master's degree. Although she had always written as a child, while at Dartmouth, she began to address her Native American roots.

Erdrich was raised in North Dakota, where most of her novels are set. She writes of the Native American and European American experiences that form her own heritage, as she is part Anishinaabe (often called Ojibwa or Chippewa), French, and German. Her novels feature numerous characters that are biracial. Erdrich's parents worked at an Indian boarding school, and her maternal grandmother was a tribal chairperson of the Turtle Mountain reservation.

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