Thomas King

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  • Elizabeth Maurer (University of British Columbia)

"The truth about stories is that that’s all we are,” writer Thomas King tells us at the beginning of The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (2003). In his fiction, essays, and poetry about Native characters and communities in North America, King has explored the complications of this deceptively simple statement. King has become famous for bringing parody and irony—and sometimes the trickster character Coyote—to subversive retellings of familiar narratives from history, popular culture, and literature.

"Your apples! says First Woman, and she gives a nice red apple to Ahdamn.
Yes, says that GOD, and that one waves his hands around. All this stuff is mine. I made it.
News to me, …
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Maurer, Elizabeth. "Thomas King". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 September 2004
[, accessed 30 June 2015.]

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  1. Native American and Canadian Writing