N. Scott Momaday
Remembering Ancestors, Earth, and Traditions : An Annotated Bio-bibliographyBook - 2010
N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of House Made of Dawn (1969) and National Medal of Arts awardee, is the elder statesman of Native American literature and a major twentieth-century American author. This volume marks the most comprehensive resource available on Momaday. Along with an insightful new biography, it offers extensive, up-to-date bibliographies of his own work and the work of others about him.
Phyllis Morgan’s account of Momaday’s life and career and her chronology of his accomplishments, including his many awards and honors, are based on wide-ranging research and recent interviews in which she elicited Momaday’s thoughts on topics and periods of his life that he has not previously touched on. The biography captures his formative years, expands on his academic career, and reflects a deep understanding of his work.
The comprehensive annotated bibliography of Momaday’s published work catalogs his output through mid-2009, including books, stories, essays, poems, newspaper columns, forewords and introductions, play scripts, and interviews. Morgan has also compiled an extensive listing of works about Momaday and his multifaceted output, including books, critical essays, reviews, newspaper articles, reference sources, online resources, and dissertations and theses. In the introduction, literary scholar Kenneth Lincoln offers additional insight into Momaday’s poetry and prose.
With Momaday having observed his 75th birthday in 2009, this book showcases his accomplishments as it captures his dedication to family and ancestors, to the sacredness of Earth, and to the traditions of Native and indigenous peoples. It is an indispensable and foundational research tool and a worthy tribute to a literary icon.
Retired from a career as a reference and research librarian and now an independent researcher and writer, Morgan sketches the life of Native American writer Momaday (b. 1934) and provides extensive primary and secondary bibliographies. Among his works are published books and private printings, anthologies and literary collections containing his writing, his reviews of other people's work, poems and prose about Billy the Kid, paintings and drawings, interviews and conversations, and nonprint media including musical scores. Works cited about him include reviews of books in journals and periodicals, reviews of his play The Indolent Boys, magazine articles, newspaper articles and press releases, Internet and online resources, and teaching his writings. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)