The Names: Volume 16

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University of Arizona Press
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5.7 X 8.65 X 0.77 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

A preeminent practitioner of twentieth century literature, N. Scott Momaday is perhaps best known for having blazed a trail for contemporary Native American writers. A Pulitzer Prize winner and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Momaday in many respects is a class unto himself. Momaday is Regents Professor of English at the University of Arizona. A popular speaker, he narrated the PBS series The West.


"It is a search and a celebration, a book of identities and sources....Out of ordinary materials--genealogy, tribal tales, memories of a boyhood spent in Oklahoma, at Ship Rock in the Navajo country and at the Jemez pueblo, where his parents taught school--he has built a mystical, provocative book." --Wallace Stegner, New York Times

"A Native American version of Roots . . . full of the sense of wonder that characterizes classic American literature." --Choice

"Graceful, lucid prose...[Momaday] is forever an Indian and the reader understands why." --Atlantic Monthly

"With the eye of a painter and the voice of a poet, Momaday vividly recreates a childhood world of color, sound, and experience played out against the backdrop of tribal tales and in the shadow of revered forebears. . . . An eloquent statement of this distinguished Native American author's search for identity." --Journal of Arizona History