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Richard Erdoes (1912–2008)

Author of American Indian Myths and Legends

Includes the names: Richard Erodes, Richard Erdoes

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Richard Erdoes traveled a long way from his birthplace in Vienna, Austria, to become a prominent writer on Native American issues and the Indian Civil Rights Movement. Born on July 7, 1912 into an artistic family, Erdoes moved to the United States where he lived and worked as a magazine illustrator and photographer. While visiting an American Indian reservation, Erdoes was shocked and outraged at conditions he found there. Although Erdoes had illustrated many books during his long career, the first illustrated work of his own dealing with Native Americans was The Pueblo Indians (1967). While doing a painting and portfolio for Life magazine on a Sioux Indian Reservation Erdoes met an old medicine man that asked him to write his biography. This resulted in Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions (1971). Erdoes lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he writes, paints, and is active in Native American issues. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from American Indian Myths and Legends… (more)
American Indian Myths and Legends 2,260 copies, 20 reviews
Lakota Woman 1,155 copies, 14 reviews
Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions 538 copies, 3 reviews
American Indian Trickster Tales 248 copies, 1 review
Saloons of the Old West 46 copies, 1 review
De mémoire indienne (Author) 18 copies, 1 review
Butcher's Crossing (Cover artist, some editions) 1,585 copies, 57 reviews
Come Over to My House (Illustrator, some editions) 497 copies, 6 reviews
Ohitika Woman 193 copies
Growing Up Native American (Contributor) 160 copies, 1 review

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Richard Erdoes was born July 7, 1912, in Vienna, Austria. He studied art in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris. While working as a free-lance illustrator, he came to America as a refugee fleeing from the Nazis. In New York he met his future wife, Jean Sternbergh. She was an art director at Time, Inc., and she had contacted him to illustrate a book for her. For thirty years he made his living as a magazine illustrator and photographer. He had many travel assignments that took him and his family to the American West. In 1970 he accidentally got into serious writing when a writer with whom he was on assignment became ill, and he had to write the story for him. He found writing so rewarding that it became his focus. His books have been translated and published in eight foreign countries.

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