A new edition of the 1961 Newbery-winning classic by Scott O’Dell, 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.