Dorris Alexander (Dee) Brown was born in 1908 in Louisiana. After spending time in Stephens, Arkansas, his family relocated to Little Rock.
He lived more than half his life in Arkansas and, beginning as a teenager, wrote continuously for publication. An admiration for a Native American baseball player in Arkansas helped influence Brown’s attitude toward Native Americans. After graduating from high school in 1927, Brown got a job as a printer for the Harrison Daily Times in Boone County.
In 1928, Brown went to Arkansas State Teachers College (ASTC), now the University of Central Arkansas, graduating in 1931 with a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree with a major in history. Brown met his future wife, Sally Stroud of when they were both students there.
In the 1930s, Brown worked in Washington DC for the U.S. Department of Agriculture library. While there, he earned a Bachelor of Library Science degree in 1935 from George Washington University. During World War II, he served in the Army.
His first book was 1942’s Wave High the Banner, which was based on stories Brown had heard his grandmother tell. In the 1950s, Brown received his Master of Library Science degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He worked there as a librarian until 1972 and wrote several books during that time.
In the late 1960s, Brown began writing his groundbreaking book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. After his return to Little Rock, Brown spent 27 years as a writer. Brown died on December 12, 2002, at the age of ninety-four at his home in Little Rock. A branch library in