Journey Down the Road
1985, The Dakota Kids "on the farm adventure"
1985, The Dakota Kids "dig the dinosaurs that walked South Dakota"
Bellville, Cheryl Walsh, 1944-
Born in NM, grad. from SDSU in 1965, wrote juv. fiction related to rural life
Describes the activities that take place at a spring cattle round-up.
Blair, Gwenda (Linda), 1943 -
1981, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Brief bio. of author of Little House books based on her own experiences living on frontier in late 19th century.
Bly, Coletta Benning
1977, The Figleaf Collection
Bojer Johan, 1872-1959
1925, The Emigrants.
Story of Norwegian settlers to SD
Bonham, Barbara, (Sarah North), 1926-
Born in NE, writer of many juv. books
1970, The Battle of Wounded Knee: the Ghost Dance Uprising
Traces the causes, events and aftermath of the Sioux uprising of 1890-91 with specific descriptions of the Ghost Dance and the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Brush Mary E. Q.
1894, Sarah Dakota
Story has view that French and Norwegian immigrants were culturally inferior, and that Indians were savage.
Burr, Jane (pseud)
1909, Letters of a Dakota Divorcee
Takes place when Sioux Falls was a divorce capital. Romance winds up in Black Hills.
Byrne Emma Beaver
Wife of one of the early governors of SD.
1916, The Song Beneath the Keys.
Story of a failing marriage and a spiritual awakening of central character.
Castle Marian Johnson, 1924-
Born in Il. Wrote articles for popular magazines, book clubs, popular romanticized fiction.
Spans three generations on a SD homestead.
Chace G. Earl
Herpetologist at Reptile Gardens. Wrote natural history for children.
1982, The World of Lizards
Wonders of Rattlesnakes
Wonders of Prairie Dogs
Clark Anna Morris
1936, Sylvia of the Hills.
Clark Charlotte R.
1970, Black Cowboy; the story of Nat Love
Coon, Martha Sutherland
Born in WI. Attended SF College 1906-7. Received MA from USD in 1950 Taught Latin and high school English
1967, Georgie's Capital
A little girl finds a way to help her hometown of Pierre be selected as capital.
DeWall, Robb, 1939-
Wrote many books on the carving of the Crazy Horse monument
Dickerson, Inga Hansen
Based on her mother's life as a Norwegian homesteader near Yankton in the 1870's, this recounts the adventures of an immigrant Norwegian girl.
Edlosi, Mario (Janet Leih)
Shouting to the Wind The Windmill Valley of Many Winds
1992, The Last Wolf.
Story of Three Toes, the Custer wolf.
Felton, Harold W., 1902-
Born in IA. Ed. U of Neb.
1969, Nat Love, Negro Cowboy.
Biography of boy freed from slavery during Civil War. At age 15, went West to become cowpuncher. champion roper, sharpshooter, bronco rider, and finally, a Pullman porter.
Fitch, Frances Bjures
Under Prairie Sky: Life on a Dakota Homestead
Memories of Haakon county in the early 20th century.
Gall, Gretchen, 1914-
Born in Wessington Springs, SD. Degrees from Morningside College and USD. Taught in area schools, professor at USD.
Garst, Shannon, 1899-
Born in MI. Wrote many books for young people about the West and biographies of famous Western figures.
1965, The Picture Story and Biography of Red Cloud.
1952, Wild Bill Hickok
Crazy Horse, a Great Warrior of the Sioux
Custer, Fighter of the Plains.
Gates, Eleanor, 1875-1951
Lived in southern Minnehaha Co. in 1877
1906, The Plow-woman.
1902, The Biography of a Prairie Girl.
Fictionalized autobiographical account of a young girl growning up in the Vermillion River Valley.
1912, Poor Little Rich Girl.
Made into a movie
1937, Out of This Nettle.
Girl rides in rodoeo and as circus trick rider before working on a ranch as "cowboy" in western SD, where she finds love.
Gilman, Stella Lucile
1892, That Dakota Girl.
Setting near Big Sioux River. Heroine is a tomboy, but refined, and larger than life.
1901, A Gumbo Lily and Other Tales
Goodson, Rose Mary
Many books for young people about Black Hills area.
1986, The White River Badlands Story
1971, The Black Hills of South Dakota
Text and pictures briefly trace the history of the Black Hills regions from prehistory to present. 1979, The Rushmore Story
1984, Womensight (poetry) with Anges Brewer
Hanson, James Mills, 1876-
1912, With Carrington on the Bozeman Road.
Historical novel that sticks close to documentary information as it describes development of Bozeman Trail and resulting Fetterman Massacre.
1910, With Sully into the Sioux Land.
Depicts exploits of Gen. Sully as he pursued Sioux into Black Hills regions.
Harris Edward, 1799-1863
Early traveler through state.
Up the Missouri with Audubon; the journal of Edward Harris.
Hawley, Zoa Grace
1938, A Boy Rides with Custer.
Writer of popular mysteries for female audience.
1946, The Band Played Murder
1944, Cry Murder
1942, Murder's So Permanent
1942, Murder at Stone House
1941, Murder for Christmas
1946, No Face to Murder
1941, Three Prize Murders
Hunkins, Ralph V., 1890-
1941, Tepee Days: Tales of the Prairies.
1945, Sod-house Days: Tales of the Prairies.
1942, Trapper Days: Tales of the Prairie
Les' Life: a Prairie Boyhood
Kotswinkle, William, 1938-
Born in PA. Wrote many books for adults, children
1971, Return of Crazy Horse.
Describes efforts of Korczak Ziolkowski to carve monument out of mountain in Black Hills.
Native of Sioux Falls, living in Rapid City. Active with Writers in the Schools project.
1979, Dark Moon
1986, The Moth and the Flame: lovepoems
1985, Nightnoises: lovepoems
1976, Through Fire and Deep Water
Author of many books for children
1972, If You Lived with the Sioux Indians.
Daily life of Sioux before and after coming of white man.
Mikesell, Janice H.
Lived in Brookings, Sioux Falls
1990, A Survivor's Manual: a book of poems.
Reflects joys, frustrations and realities of womanhood.
1988, Women, Houses and Homes: an Anthology of Prose.
Miller John E.
1993, Looking for History on Highway 14
1954, Wind 'til Sundown
1993, Wounded Knee: the Death of a Dream
Parker, Donald Dean, 1899-1983
Born in MD. Prof. of history and political science at SDSU 1943-65. Wrote many books about individual SD counties, towns, ethnic groups.
1973, Gabriel Renville, Young Sioux Warrior: the Adventures of an Indian Boy in Early MN.
Peterson, Marlyce Haug
1982, Prairie Child
1954, Roads from the Fort
1995, The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge (bio.)
Story of one family from the Lakota nation that has lived on Pine Ridge for five generations. Includes accounts of government captivity of Indians, the saga of the massacre at Wounded Knee, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, serving America in wartime, holding onto the culture.
Wade Linda R.
1991, Badlands: Beauty Carved from Nature
Describes the beauty and desolation of this barren region, the historic events connected with it, ahd what is is like today.
White Stewart Edward, 1873-1946
Born in MI. 1897, came to SD and located several gold claims and worked them for several years. Wrote 50+ adventure stories.
1904, Blazed Trail Stories.
"Billy's Tenderfoot" takes place in Black Hills.
1901, The Claim Jumpers: a romance.
Grew directly out of author's experience at gold camp near Keystone
1910, The Westerners.
Story of invasion of Hills in 1875 by gold seekers. Includes dangerous road, dissension within group, conflict Indians, violence.
Young Carrie Ahdele. 1923-
Born in ND.
1991, Nothing to Do but Stay: My Pioneer Mother.
1992, The Wedding Dress: Stories from the Dakota Plains.
In view of the discussion that the selections will generate, we invite readers to offer their views about particular authors on the SD Literary Map Web Site at www.dwu.edu/sdlitmap/. Present your own favorite South Dakota authors. Add to the database with more information. Suggest ideas for the study/teaching of the works cited.
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