By Michael Snyder,Russ Tall Chief
John Joseph Mathews (1894–1979) is one in every of Oklahoma’s so much respected twentieth-century authors. An Osage Indian, he was once additionally one of many first Indigenous authors to realize nationwide renown. but popularity didn't come simply to Mathews, and his character used to be choked with contradictions. during this attractive biography, Michael Snyder presents the 1st book-length account of this attention-grabbing figure.
often called “Jo” to all his buddies, Mathews had a multifaceted id. A novelist, naturalist, biographer, historian, and tribal preservationist, he used to be a real “man of letters.” Snyder attracts on a wealth of resources, a lot of them formerly untapped, to relate Mathews’s tale. a lot of the writer’s relatives life—especially his marriages and his relationships along with his teenagers and stepchildren—is explored right here for the 1st time.
Born within the city of Pawhuska in Indian Territory, Mathews attended the college of Oklahoma ahead of venturing out of the country and incomes a moment measure from Oxford. He served as a flight teacher in the course of international conflict I, traveled throughout Europe and northerly Africa, and purchased and bought land in California. A proud Osage who committed himself to maintaining Osage tradition, Mathews additionally served as tribal councilman and cultural historian for the Osage Nation.
Like many talented artists, Mathews used to be now not with no flaws. and maybe within the eyes of a few critics, he occupies a nebulous house in literary background. via insightful research of his significant works, in particular his semiautobiographical novel Sundown and his meditative Talking to the Moon, Snyder revises this effect. the tale he tells, of 1 outstanding person, is usually the tale of the Osage state, the country of Oklahoma, and local the USA within the 20th century.
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John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series) by Michael Snyder,Russ Tall Chief