Sherman Alexie 's `` The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian ``

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Sherman Alexie, as one of the best-known Native American authors in the United States, grew up on a Spokane Indian reservation enclosed by poverty, alcoholism, disease, and against all odds, transpired to become one of the best American writers under forty according to The New Yorker and Granta (Cline 197). Moreover, the New Yorker named Alexie one of the top twenty writers for the twenty-first century (Anonymous 35). Chadwyck-Healey (1) stated that Alexie was influenced by the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Jess Row, and the prose of William Burroughs. Alexie produced three novels, nine books of poetry, and two collections of short stories in less than nine years. Alexie’s 2007 book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature (Anonymous 35; Chadwyck-Healey 4). Alexie is the 2010 Puterbaugh Fellow and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. In addition, Alexie is a songwriter, screenwriter, producer, and stand-up comedian (Anonymous 35). Sherman Alexie was born on October 7, 1966, with the life-threatening condition of hydrocephalus, to an alcoholic father, in a poor American culture (Chadwyck-Healey 1). According to Cline (198), Alexie attended high school in Reardon, a town thirty miles off the reservation, where he excelled at basketball and won a scholarship to Gonzaga University in Spokane. While in college with a dream of…

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