Dances with Wolves (novel)

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Dances with Wolves
AuthorMichael Blake
CountryUnited States of America
GenreHistorical fiction
Media typePrint

Dances with Wolves is a 1988 novel written by Michael Blake. It was written as a possible source for a screenplay, and was later adapted by the author, and was produced as a film of the same name in 1990 by Kevin Costner, although there were many differences between the novel and film. The novel is set during the American Civil War.[1] The protagonist of the novel, Lt. John Dunbar, is a white man who ends up in the wilderness and comes to live with a tribe of Comanche[2], eventually taking on the name Dances with Wolves. In the film this is changed to a band of Lakota Sioux. The novel and film later came under criticism for their similarity to Elliot Silverstein's A Man Called Horse.[3]


  1. ^ Andreychuk, Ed (1997). The Golden Corral: A Roundup of Magnificent Western Films. McFarland. p. 154. ISBN 9780786403936.
  2. ^ text of book
  3. ^ Herzberg, Bob (2008). Savages and Saints: The Changing Image of American Indians in Westerns. McFarland. p. 279. ISBN 9780786451821.