By Michael Snyder,Russ Tall Chief
John Joseph Mathews (1894–1979) is one in all 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 repute didn't come simply to Mathews, and his character used to be choked with contradictions. during this eye-catching biography, Michael Snyder offers the 1st book-length account of this interesting figure.
often called “Jo” to all his acquaintances, 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, lots of them formerly untapped, to relate Mathews’s tale. a lot of the writer’s relations life—especially his marriages and his relationships along with his young ones and stepchildren—is explored right here for the 1st time.
Born within the city of Pawhuska in Indian Territory, Mathews attended the collage of Oklahoma prior to venturing in another country and incomes a moment measure from Oxford. He served as a flight teacher in the course of international struggle I, traveled throughout Europe and northerly Africa, and acquired and offered land in California. A proud Osage who committed himself to keeping Osage tradition, Mathews additionally served as tribal councilman and cultural historian for the Osage Nation.
Like many proficient artists, Mathews was once no longer with out flaws. and maybe within the eyes of a few critics, he occupies a nebulous house in literary historical past. via insightful research of his significant works, specially his semiautobiographical novel Sundown and his meditative Talking to the Moon, Snyder revises this impact. the tale he tells, of 1 outstanding person, is usually the tale of the Osage country, the kingdom of Oklahoma, and local the USA within the 20th century.
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