I guess Fredric Manfredd is the famous South Dakota writer - he came over to my undergrad English class one time; a big tall fellow, wore a courdroy suit and one of those artist's berets. Have a copy of Lord Grizzly down in the basement cabinet, is it good? I hear it's somewhat like Faulkner's The Bear (which is quite good by the way). But the essential Faulkner is As I Lay Dying, in my humble opinion. Also since Kerouac always thought Melville was the bible, is Moby Dick good? His other bible, Thomas Wolfe, is fine writing, but so heartbreaking nostalgic (to me) I can't read it; like City and the Town - I literally cried through each sentence of the last few pages. It was very emotional for me for some reason.