The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages

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Macmillan, Jul 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages
Exploring such themes as land, language, and identity, Momaday recalls the moving stories of his Kiowa grandfather and Kiowa ancestors, recollects a boyhood spent partly at Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, and ponders the circumstances of history and Indian-White relations as we inherit them today. Collecting thirty-two essays and articles, The Man Made of Words attempts to fashion a definition of American literature as we have not interpreted it before and explores a greater understanding of the relationship between humankind and the physical world we inhabit.
 

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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 First American Views His Land
30
An American Land Ethic
42
A Point of View
50
The Morality of Indian Hating
57
To the Spiritual Center of Russia
132
On Bavarian Byways
139
A Vision of the Unforeseen
148
Passage into Legend
154
The Homestead on Rainy Mountain Creek
163
Introduction
169
An Encounter in Greenland
176
Jay Silverheels
183

The Centaur Complex
77
The American West and the Burden of Belief
89
In troduction 1 11
113
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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