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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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Wave high the banner :
ISBN: 0826320120. OCLC Number:

University of New Mexico Press,. Albuquerque, N.M. :. 1999.

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.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee :
ISBN: 0099526409. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. London :. 2007.

The Westerners
ISBN: 0030883601. OCLC Number:

Holt, Rinehart and Winston. New York,. [1974]

Includes material on George Catlin, Francis Parkman, Josiah Gregg, John Butterfield, Theodore Roosevelt, among others.

Hear that lonesome whistle blow /
ISBN: 0099440741. OCLC Number:

Vintage,. London :. 2002.

The American spa :
ISBN: 0914546414. OCLC Number:

Rose Pub. Co.,. Little Rock, Ark. :. ©1982.

When the century was young /
ISBN: 0874832675. OCLC Number:

August House Publishers,. Little Rock :. 1993.

Brown recalls his childhood in Louisianna and Arkansas, his start in newspapers, Washington in the early years of the New Deal, being drafted in WWII, and working as a military librarian in the Cold War.

Dee Brown's Civil War anthology /
ISBN: 1574160095. OCLC Number:

Clear Light,. Santa Fe, N.M. :. ©1998.

Detailed accounts of the 14 most important battles fought in the West, including the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the Battle of Westport.


Buffalo Award, 1971 for

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee


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