Nineteenth-Century Native American Autobiography Autobiographical Works During The Turn Of The Century - Essay

Autobiographical Works During The Turn Of The Century

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

H. David Brumble III (essay date 1985)

SOURCE: "Albert Hensley's Two Autobiographies," in American Quarterly, Johns Hopkins University Press, Vol. 37, No. 5, Winter, 1985, pp. 702-18.

[In the essay that follows, Brumble disputes the common conception of Native American autobiographies as "transparent" rather than consciously literary, and claims that works such as those by Albert Hensley, a, member of the Winnebago tribe, reflect a deliberate narrative coherence.]

Peyote, The Divine Cactus, The Vision Sender, Came to the Wisconsin Winnebago in the last decade of the nineteenth century, years that were especially difficult for that Indian tribe....

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