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Don Berry

Born: 1931

Death: Jan 1, 2001

Birthplace: Minnesota

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Don Berry

Date of Birth : 1931
Date of Death : Jan 1, 2001
Birth Place : Minnesota

Don Berry was an American artist and author best known for his historical novels about early settlers in the Oregon Country. He was born in Minnesota but moved to Oregon as a young man and came to think of himself as a native of that state. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. During college his housemates included the poet Gary Snyder, who shared Berry's interest in Eastern metaphysics. In 1960 he published Trask, a historical novel about Elbridge Trask, an Oregon settler in the 1840s who was the first white homesteader on Tillamook Bay. It was followed by two sequels, Moontrap and To Build a Ship. The novels have collectively become known as the "Trask novels." His other works include A Majority of Scoundrels, a history of the fur trade in the Rocky Mountains. Besides writing, his lifelong artistic pursuits included bronze sculpture, sumi-e painting, and blues guitar playing. Berry was also an early adopter of the use of the Internet for writing, creating a large body of literature that exists only in cyberspace.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Awards Won

  • Spur Award for Best Historical Novel
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