N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

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in Lawton, Oklahoma, The United States
February 27, 1934



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N. Scott Momaday's baritone voice booms from any stage. The listener, whether at the United Nations in New York City or next to the radio at home, is transported through time, known as 'kairos"and space to Oklahoma near Carnegie, to the "sacred, red earth" of Momaday's tribe.

Born Feb. 27, 1934, Momaday's most famous book remains 1969's House Made of Dawn, the story of a Pueblo boy torn between the modern and traditional worlds, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and was honored by his tribe. He is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society. He is also a Regents Professor of Humanities at the University of Arizona, and has published other novels, memoir, plays and poetry. He's been called the dean of American Indian writers, and he has influe...more

Average rating: 3.74 · 5,677 ratings · 369 reviews · 33 distinct works · Similar authors
House Made of Dawn
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 3,211 ratings — published 1968 — 23 editions
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The Way to Rainy Mountain
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,379 ratings — published 1969 — 16 editions
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Ancient Child
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The Man Made of Words: Essa...
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The Names
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 124 ratings — published 1976 — 4 editions
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In The Presence of The Sun:...
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In the Bear's House
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Circle of Wonder: A Native ...
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The Gourd Dancer
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1976 — 3 editions
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Angle of geese and other po...
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“At first she thought the writing would be easy. She was extremely confident in her ability to dream, to imagine, and she supposed that expressing her dreams in words, in writing, would be entirely natural, like drawing breath. She had read widely from the time she was a child, and she knew how to recognize something that was well written. She admired certain lines and passages so much that she had taken complete possession of them and committed them to memory. She could recite “The Gettysburg Address” and “The Twenty-Third Psalm.” She could recite “Jabberwocky” and Emily Dickinson’s “Further in summer that the birds” and Wallace Stevens’s “Sunday Morning.” She knew by heart the final paragraph of Joyce’s “The Dead,” and if challenged she could say in whole the parts of both Romeo and Juliet. And she knew many Kiowa stories and many long prayers in Navajo. These were not feats of memory in the ordinary sense; it was simply that she attended to these things so closely that they became a part of her most personal experience. She had assumed them, appropriated them to her being.
But to write! She discovered that was something else again.”
N. Scott Momaday, Ancient Child

“I wonder if, in the dark night of the sea, the octopus dreams of me.”
N. Scott Momaday

“Coyotes have the gift of seldom being seen; they keep to the edge of vision and beyond, loping in and out of cover on the plains and highlands. And at night, when the whole world belongs to them, they parley at the river with the dogs, their higher, sharper voices full of authority and rebuke. They are an old council of clowns, and they are listened to.”
N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn


Ater the Summer of Love in 1967 what author published a book in 1968 that would win the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?

Tom Wolfe
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
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Gore Vidal
Myra Breckinridge - Gore Vidal
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N. Scott Momaday
House Made of Dawn - N. Scott Momaday
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Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
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