1876 - 1938

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Zitkála-Šá (Lakota for Red Bird; February 22, 1876 – January 26, 1938) (Yankton Dakota), also known by her missionary and married names Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a writer, editor, translator, musician, educator, and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her struggles with cultural identity, and the pull between the majority culture in which she was educated, and the Dakota culture into which she was born and raised. Her later books were among the first works to bring traditional Native American stories to a widespread white English-speaking readership. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zitkala-Sa has received more than 1,280,479 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Zitkala-Sa is the 5,051st most popular writer (down from 4,245th in 2019), the 9,014th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,772nd in 2019) and the 695th most popular American Writer.

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  • 16

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.88

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  • 3.32

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

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Among writers, Zitkala-Sa ranks 5,051 out of 5,794Before her are Banjo Paterson, Robert Cormier, Sony Lab'ou Tansi, François Nourissier, Walker Percy, and Thomas Lodge. After her are Amira Hass, Mike Godwin, Katie Couric, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charlotte Mary Yonge, and Michael Chabon.

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Among people born in 1876, Zitkala-Sa ranks 157Before her are Lionel Tertis, Giuseppe De Luca, Harriet Brooks, Gregory Mathews, Con Leahy, and Clara Blandick. After her are Carl Ruggles, James Larkin, James Scullin, William Farnum, Susan Glaspell, and Sol Plaatje. Among people deceased in 1938, Zitkala-Sa ranks 161Before her are Alma Gluck, John Kunkel Small, Warner Oland, Victor Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, Tom Crean, and Andreas Michalakopoulos. After her are Pauline Frederick, Benjamin N. Cardozo, George Lyon, James Weldon Johnson, and Zona Gale.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Zitkala-Sa ranks 9,014 out of 15,968Before her are Nelly (1974), Jim Hall (1935), Eddie Cahill (1978), Anikka Albrite (1988), Buck Owens (1929), and Joe E. Brown (1891). After her are C. I. Lewis (1883), Roberta Williams (1953), Chuck Liddell (1969), Mike Godwin (1956), Jerry Trainor (1977), and Adrian Pasdar (1965).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Zitkala-Sa ranks 695Before her are Theodore Roethke (1908), Kenneth Rexroth (1905), Veronica Roth (1988), Tony Kushner (1956), Robert Cormier (1925), and Walker Percy (1916). After her are Mike Godwin (1956), Katie Couric (1957), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917), Michael Chabon (1963), Richelle Mead (1976), and W. S. Merwin (1927).