Literary Criticism



H1. Barnes, Tim. Oregon Historical Quarterly 93, no. 2 (1992): 198-201.


H2. Bartel, Roland, and Diana Grandberry. “The Power of Brevity in War Poetry.” The English Journal 86, no. 5 (1997): 72-75. doi:10.2307/820449.

Note: Reference and brief analysis of a portion of Chief’s Joseph’s surrender speech.


H3. Bingham, Edwin and Barnes, Tim. “Introduction to ‘Man’s Battle with the Titans Is Begun.” In Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood edited by Edwin Bingham and Time Barnes, 86. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, 1997.


H4. Cullick, Jonathan S. “Biography and the Poet: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce.” In Making History: The Biographical Narratives of Robert Penn Warren, by Jonathan S. Cullick, 155-84. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.


H5. Hernández-Avila, Inés. “Introduction.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 15, no. 3/4 (2003): 1-6.


H6. Hernández-Avila, Inés. “Performing (W)Ri(gh)t(e)s: (W)ri(gh)ting the Native (In and Out of) Ceremony.” Theatre Research International, Vol. 35, issue 2 (July 2010), ed. Elaine Aston.


H7. Hernández-Avila, Inés. “Tierra Tremenda: The Earth’s Agony and Ecstasy in the Work of Gloria Anzaldua.” In EntreMundos/Among Worlds: New Perspectives on Gloria Anzaldúa, edited by AnaLouise Keating. n.p. unknown city: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.


H8. Lang, William L. “The Meaning of Falling Water: Celilo Falls and the Dalles in Historical Literature.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 108, no. 4 (2007): 566-85.

Note: Salmon And His People by Allen V. Pinkham and Dan Landeen mentioned on page 581 in relation to the symbolism of Celilo Falls.


H9. Millichap, Joseph R. “Robert Penn Warren’s West.” The Southern Literary Journal 26, no. 1 (1993): 54-63.

Note: References and commentary on Robert Penn Warren’s narrative poem Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Who Called Themselves the Nimipu “The Real People.”


H10. Penn, W.S.; Feathering Custer [2001, 2004] 2001

University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln & London / W. S. Penn Feathering Custer

Location: Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Library; Pendleton, Oregon

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: 2 unpaginated blank; i. half title; ii. blank; iii. full title; iv. copyright; v. dedication; vi. blank; vi. ‘Contents;’ viii. ‘Acknowledgements;’ ix. half title; x. blank; 1-226. text; 227-40. ‘Notes;’ 8 unpaginated blanks

Text Contents: “Tonto Meets Chuang Tzu,” “Paving with Good Intentions,” “Tradition and the Individual Imitation,” “Leaving the Parlor,” “Donne Talkin’,” “Killing Ourselves with Language as Such,” “In the Gazebo,” “In the Garden of the Gods,” “Feathering Custer,” “Critical Arts”

Description: Essay collection by part-Nez Perce author W. S. Penn regarding writing, language, and the Nez Perce/Native American experience.

Reviews: Nelson, Joshua B. “Review of Feathering Custer by W. S. Penn.” Review of Feathering Custer, by W. S. Penn. Great Plains Quarterly, Summer 2003.

“Feathering Custer.” Review of Feathering Custer, by W. S. Penn. Publisher’s Weekly, August 27, 2001.


H11. Ruppersburg, Hugh. “Chapter 4 Recovering the Past: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce. In Robert Penn Warren and the American Imagination, by Hugh Ruppersburg, 112-28. Athens, Georgia: The University of Georgia Press, 1990.


H12. Strandberg, Victor. American Literature 63, no. 4 (1991): 765. doi:10.2307/2926898.

Note: References and commentary on Robert Penn Warren’s narrative poem Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Who Called Themselves the Nimipu “The Real People.”


H13. Venn, George; Soldier to Advocate: C.E.S. Wood’s 1887 Legacy [2006] 2006

Soldier to Advocate: / C. E. S. Wood’s 1877 Legacy / A Soldier’s Unpublished Diary, Drawings, Poetry / and Letters of Alaska and the Nez Perce Conflict / by / George Venn / Wordcraft of Oregon LLC / The Grande Ronde Valley / La Grande, Oregon

Location: Alvin M. & Betty Josephy Library of Western History and Culture

Collation: 1 volume. Vol. 1: i. full title; ii. copyright; iii. ‘Contents;’ iv. ‘Other Works by George Venn;’ v-viii. ‘Credits/List of Illustrations;’ 1. portrait of C. E. S. Wood; 2-3. ‘Introduction;’ 4-92. text; 93. blank; 94-96. ‘Acknowledgements;’ 97. ‘About the Author;’ unpaginated blank

Text Contents: ‘Part I. The Explorer: I Do Not Wish to Loaf about Sitka,’ ‘Part II. The Soldier’s Diary: Facing the Probabilities by Writing,’ ‘Part III. The Advocate: His Drawings, Poems, and Prose,’ ‘Part IV. The Writer: A Legacy of Family Friendship, and Justice’

Description: Literary criticism of the works of C.E.S. Wood through biography. Includes several poems and diary excerpts, previously unpublished. Though these poems were technically unpublished until 2006, they are not included in the literary section of this bibliography because they were included for the purpose of critique in a nonfiction work.

Reviews: Evans, Steven R. Oregon Historical Quarterly 108, no. 3 (2007): 492-94.


H14. Wood, Erskine. “Chapter II. Army Life and Indian Campaigns and Negotiations.” In Life of Charles Erskine Scott Wood, 13-24. Vancouver, Washington: Rose Wind Press, 1991.