Island of the Blue Dolphins, New Edition

A new edition of the 1961 Newbery-winning classic by Scott O’Dell, 51nnrijt3tl-_sx331_bo1204203200_including two previously excised chapters, was released late last year. Also new in the edition, released by the University of California Press, are essays by an archaeologist and a critical piece on the historical ‘Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island’ who inspired the book.

With undertones of feminism, dystopian fiction, and questions concerning the validity of a white man writing from a Native American woman’s perspective, Island of the Blue Dolphins remains topical, despite its age.

For more information and a deeper examination, please see Laura Miller’s piece in Slate magazine.


Miller, Laura. (2016, Nov 10). Island of the Blue Dolphins and the Dream of Loneliness. Retrieved from: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/11/scott_o_dell_s_island_of_the_blue_dolphins_and_the_true_story_behind_it.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=90269c44ca-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-90269c44ca-305871045.

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