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Michael Dorris

Born: Jan 30, 1945

Death: Apr 10, 1997

Birthplace: Louisville

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Michael Dorris

Date of Birth : Jan 30, 1945
Date of Death : Apr 10, 1997
Birth Place : Louisville

Michael Anthony Dorris was an American novelist and scholar who was the first Chair of the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth. His works include the memoir, The Broken Cord and the novel, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water. He was married to author Louise Erdrich and the two frequently collaborated in their writing. He committed suicide in 1997 while police were investigating allegations that he had abused his daughters. The Broken Cord, which won the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, helped provoke Congress to approve legislation to warn of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Milou North
  • Michael Anthony Dorris


  • Louise Erdrich

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction
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