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House made of dawn
Momaday, N. Scott, 1934-
Personal Author:
First Perennial Classics edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perennial Classics, 1999.

Physical Description:
[198] pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Paging varies slightly.

"A hardcover edition of this book was published in 1968 by Harper & Row"--T.p. verso.
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 11.0 10838.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.5 15 Quiz: 20044 Guided reading level: NR.

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House Made of Dawn, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969, tells the story of a young American Indian named Abel, home from a foreign war and caught between two worlds: one his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons and the harsh beauty of the land; the other of industrial America, a goading him into a compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust.

Author Notes

Navarre Scott Momaday was born on February 27, 1934 in Lawton, Okla. to Kiowa parents who successfully bridged the gap between Native American and white ways, but remained true to their heritage. Momaday attended the University of New Mexico and earned an M.A and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1963. A member of the Gourd Dance Society of the Kiowa Tribe, Momaday has received a plethora of writing accolades, including the Academy of American Poets prize for The Bear and the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for House Made of Dawn. He also shared the Western Heritage Award with David Muench in 1974 for the nonfiction book Colorado: Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring, and he is the author of the film adaptation of Frank Water's novel, The Man Who Killed the Deer. His work, The Names is composed of tribal tales, boyhood memories, and family histories. Another book, The Way to Rainy Mountain, melds myth, history, and personal recollection into a Kiowa tribe narrative. Throughout his writings, Momaday celebrate his Kiowa Native American heritage in structure, theme, and subject matter, often dealing with the man-nature relationship as a central theme and sustaining the Indian oral tradition.

(Bowker Author Biography) N. Scott Momaday is Professor of English, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.


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A misfit on the reservation, troubled World War II veteran Abel discovers he is equally unable to find a niche for himself in the city, away from his people.

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