House Made of Dawn
HOUSE MADE OF DAWN
HOUSE MADE OF DAWN by N. Scott Momaday was published in 1968 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1969, the only book by a Native American to receive this honor. It is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Momaday, who is of Kiowa and Cherokee-Anglo descent, was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1934 and later lived on reservations in the southwest. A scholar as well as a writer, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. from Stanford.
Taking its title from a Navajo ceremonial song, the book details the life of a young Indian man named Abel, who is caught between the traditional Navajo life and the more destructive, urban world of postwar America. The novel's structure is intricate and combines a modernist form with references to Native ceremonial practices to create a haunting and redemptive work. The book has earned Momaday comparisons to William Faulkner and James Joyce. House Made of Dawn is now considered one of the significant novels of the twentieth century and the impetus for the renaissance in American Indian literature.
Schubnell, Matthias. N. Scott Momaday: The Cultural and Literary Background. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.
See alsoLiterature: Native American Literature .
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