The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages

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Macmillan, Jul 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages
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In The Man Made of Words Momaday chronicles his own pilgrimage as an author, retelling, through thirty-eight essays, allegorical stories, and autobiographical reminiscences, how he became one of the first recognized Native American writers of this century. By exploring such themes as land, language, and self-identity, The Man Made of Words fashions a definition of American literature as it has never been interpreted before.

 

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THE MAN MADE OF WORDS: Essays, Stories, Passages

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A noteworthy collection of essays and occasional prose pieces by the doyen of Native American letters. Momaday (The Ancient Child, 1989, etc.) here gathers some 30 pieces, ranging from a memoir of a ... Read full review

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The son of a Kiowa father and a mother who knew only English, Momaday, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for his novel House Made of Dawn, was surrounded by the sounds of two languages. In this ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
The Native Voice in American Literature
13
To Save a Great Vision
21
A r irst American Views His Land
30
An American Lana Ethic
42
A Point of View
50
The Morality of Indian Hating
57
lo the Spiritual Lenter 01 ixussia
132
On Bavarian Byways
139
A Vision or the Unforeseen
148
Passage into Legend
154
Tne Homestead on Rainy Mountain Greek
163
Introduction
169
An Encounter in Greenland
176
Jay Silverheels
183

The Centaur Complex
77
The American Vest and the Burden of Belief
89
ESSAYS IN PLACE
109
Revisiting Sacred Ground
118
Navajo Place Names
124
The Toll Road
189
Chopetl
196
The Physicians of Trinidad
202
The Dark Priest of Taos
205
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About the author (1998)

N. Scott Momaday is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello," Italy's highest literary award. Momaday is a writer, poet, and playwright whose books include The Man Made of Words, House Made of Dawn, and In the Presence of the Sun. He lives in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

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