When the Century Was Young: A Writer's Notebook

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Open Road Media, Oct 23, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 233 pages
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The insightful and heartwarming memoir of one of twentieth-century America’s most celebrated frontier writers
Dee Brown’s fascinating memoir describes a writer’s evolution—and a time when catching rides on trains or seeing the landing of a Curtiss Jenny airplane were simple and profound pleasures. Brown traces his upbringing in Arkansas in the early 1900s, and the oil boom that hit his tiny town. He writes of how he fell under the spell of books and history, and of his eventual work as a journalist and printer before finding his true love—the American West—which would lead to his penning the classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Written with gentle humor and a scholar’s curiosity, When the Century Was Young is a wistful look at youth during a poignant moment in American history. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Less a memoir than a handful of experiences shaped into short vignettes. Western novelist and historian Brown (Conspiracy of Knaves, 1987; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, 1971, etc.) turns to his own ... Read full review


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Brown, the acclaimed author of Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow (Audio Reviews, LJ 1/92) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Audio Reviews, LJ 1/93), gives the listener a wealth of personal ... Read full review


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Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown (1908–2002) was a celebrated author of both fiction and nonfiction, whose classic study Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is widely credited with exposing the systematic destruction of American Indian tribes to a world audience. Brown was born in Louisiana and grew up in Arkansas. He worked as a reporter and a printer before enrolling at Arkansas State Teachers College, where he met his future wife, Sally Stroud. He later earned two degrees in library science, and worked as a librarian while beginning his career as a writer. He went on to research and write more than thirty books, often centered on frontier history or overlooked moments of the Civil War. Brown continued writing until his death in 2002.      

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