James Welch is a Native American novelist, poet, and historian whose skillful portrayal of Native experiences has helped change persistent stereotypes about American Indians. Alongside other writers of the “Native American Renaissance,” Welch has produced a body of literature that is both socially conscious and artistically sophisticated. Best known for fiction, he creates characters who must define their place within multiple cultures that are simultaneously complementary and conflicting. Despite such nuances, his novels remain accessible and entertaining, often employing a wry humor to temper a harsh social realism. His first two novels – Winter in the Blood (1974) and The Death of Jim Loney (1979) – present …
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Coulombe, Joseph L.. "James Welch". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 September 2004
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