N. Scott Momaday | Critical Essay by Alan R. Velie

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of N. Scott Momaday.
This section contains 4,563 words
(approx. 16 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Alan R. Velie

Critical Essay by Alan R. Velie

SOURCE: "The Search for Identity: N. Scott Momaday's Autobiographical Works," in his Four American Indian Literary Masters: N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor, University of Oklahoma Press, 1982, pp. 34-49.

In the essay below, Velie provides background information on Momaday' s life and career and discusses how Yvor Winters and Frederick Goddard Tuckerman influenced his early poetry. Velie concludes that although Momaday is a good poet overall, he is at his best in his prose poems.

After he had exhausted reservation schools, Momaday spent his last year of high school at a military school in Virginia and then enrolled in the University of New Mexico. It was there that he began writing poetry, and in 1959 published his first poem, "Earth and I Give You Turquoise," in the New Mexico Quarterly. After college Momaday tried...

(read more)

This section contains 4,563 words
(approx. 16 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Alan R. Velie
Follow Us on Facebook