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ERIC Number: EJ751488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3238
Keening Woman and Today: James Welch's Early Unpublished Novel
Orton, Thomas
Studies in American Indian Literatures, v18 n3 p52-57 Fall 2006
It was most likely in the spring of 1966 that the late American Indian novelist James Welch wrote his first novel, predating his first published fiction by eight years. The titleless, hand-corrected typescript, stored in his Missoula home for many years, is 114 pages long and unfinished. The book is playful and experimental the way warm-ups sometimes are. It is filled with lively images and humorous dialogue. Its young author's mind is alive with metaphor, his eye and ear demonstrably sharp. The book shares with Welch's first published novel, "Winter in the Blood," the Montana setting and the first-person narration. In most of the book, the Indian subject matter is absent. The book contains neither the crystalline emotional energy of Welch's poems nor the gritty starkness of his early published fiction. Also missing, at least from the first part of the manuscript, is a strong physical sense of place, descriptions of landscape, and the awareness of the natural world so much a part of Welch's later work. In this article, the author further describes the way Welch wrote his early unpublished novel in contrast with his later writings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Montana