Michael Dorris Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


Lyman, Rick. "Troubling Death Brings Plea for Respect, not Sensation." New York Times (18 April 1997): A14.

Interview with Dorris's estranged wife, Louise Erdrich, who reveals that the author had battled with depression and suicidal thoughts for over a decade.

Streitfield, David. "Writer Was Suspected of Child Abuse." Washington Post (16 April 1997): D1.

Overview of Dorris's last years of life, including speculation as to the cause of his suicide and statements from friends defending him against child abuse charges.


Flynn, Chick. Review of Morning Girl, by Michael Dorris. The Bloomsbury Review (October-November 1992): 23.

Flynn praises Dorris's Morning Girl.

Graham, Philip "Among the Professions" Chicago Tribune Books (24 October 1993): 6.

Review of Michael Dorris's Working Men, which Graham praises, describing it as an "honest, engaging collection."

Gundy, Jeff. "Can White Guys Write?" The Georgia Review XLIX, No. 2 (Summer 1995): 523-36.

Review of Paper Trail, admiring how Dorris "moves from the popular to the academic, from the intimate to the public, with an ease that makes him seem the sort of man we should cherish as an advisor, a teacher, even a friend."

Khader, Jamil. "Post Colonial Nativeness: Nomadism, Cultural Memory, and the Politics of Identity in Louise Erdrich's and Michael Dorris's The Crown of Columbus." Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 28, No. 2 (April 1997): 81-101.

Investigates the "problematization of identity production" in The Crown of Columbus.

Lee, A. Robert. "Margins at the Center." American Book Review 16, No. 5 (December-February 1994–1995): 19.

Faults Dorris's storytelling techniques in Working Men.