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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dee Brown  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: February 28, 1908 in Alberta, Louisiana

Died: Dec. 12, 2002 in Little Rock, Arkansas (at age 94)

-- Dee Brown on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Brown was an agriculture librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1948 - 1972. While there, he earned a master's degree in library science and became a professor. His remains are interred in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dee Brown is best known for his work, ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'' (1971). He wrote prolifically on the American West. His work, ''Hear the Lonesome Whistle Blow'' (1977), deals with the expansion of the railroads. Brown was an Agriculture Librarian and professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Wave High the Banner: A Novel Based on the Life of Davy Crockett
ISBN: 0826320120

Univ of New Mexico Pr. 1999

Reissued for the first time since its original publication in 1943, Wave High the Banner is the little-known first novel by Dee Brown, one of the most prolific, influential, and popular writers on the American frontier experience. Brown skillfully weaves fact and fiction to recount Crockett's earliest apprenticeships and first loves, his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, his numerous moves ever deeper into the wilderness, his turbulent years as a frontier politician in Tennessee, and his part in the doomed and bloody defense of the Alamo in Texas. Brown re-creates a complex and richly textured Crockett who was a soldier, lover, husband, father, widower, Indian fighter, hunter, humorist, local politician, and champion of the common people, both white and Indian.

Historian Paul Andrew Hutton discusses the significance of Wave High the Banner in the Crockett literature and reviews the wide-ranging, distinguished career of Dee Brown.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (Arena Books)
ISBN: 0099526409

Vintage Books USA. 1987

The American West, 1860-1890: years of broken promises, disillusionment, war and massacre. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos and ending with the massacre of Sioux at Wounded Knee, this extraordinary book tells how the American Indians lost their land, lives and liberty to white settlers pushing westward. Woven into a an engrossing saga of cruelty, treachery and violence are the fascinating stories of such legendary figures as Sitting Bull, Cochise, Crazy Horse and Geronimo. First published in 1970, Dee Brown's brutal and compelling narrative changed the way people thought about the original inhabitants of America, and focused attention on a national disgrace.

The Westerners
ISBN: 0030883601

Holt, Rinehard and Winston. 1974

Dorris Alexander (Dee) Brown [1908 - 2002] was widely known for his work, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) which changed world's thinking about westward expansion on the American continent.

Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow
ISBN: 0099440741

Vintage. 2002

The heroes in this extraordinary epic are the Irish labourers and Chinese coolies the villains, the avaricious bankers and the corrupt politicians. Before the undertaking was complete, more than 155 million acres of land had been given away to railway magnates, the Indian tribes had been massacred and the buffalo driven from the Great Plains, millions of settlers had been lured from Europe and a colossal industrial nation had been forged.

The American Spa: Hot Springs, Arkansas
ISBN: 0914546414

Rose Pub Co Inc. 1982

None provided.

When the Century Was Young
ISBN: 0874832675

August House Pub Inc. 1993

The author shares his memories of growing up in Arkansas, his education and military service, his fascination with the American West, and his devotion to writing

Dee Brown's Civil War Anthology
ISBN: 1574160095

Clear Light Pub. 1998

Provides details of the major battles, includes personal stories of Rebel and Union soldiers, and describes a little-known conspiracy to form a Northwestern Conferderacy


Buffalo Award, 1971 for ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'' Awarded ''Illinois Author of the Year'' by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1971. Illinoisian of the Year, 1972 from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association