America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 3-5.


Blevins, Win.  Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse.  New York: Forge, 1995.

Win Blevins has been writing full-time since the early 1970s, but it has taken him some time to find the subject that has given his fiction focus and force.  He had written several historical novels about the West and a handful of nonfiction books about the region, most notably the Dictionary of the American West.  But, beginning with Stone Song, he has undertaken to do justice to the many mythic currents running through the history of the West.

In Stone Song, Blevins remains true to the fundamental facts of Crazy Horse’s life as it has been detailed in the historical record.  But that record is, of course, very incomplete and, beyond identifying them as influences, says relatively little about the cultural convictions and the mystical visions that animated the spirit…

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