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John Joseph Mathews 18941979 is one of Oklahomas most revered twentieth century authors An Osage Indian, he was also one of the first Indigenous authors to gain national renown Yet fame did not come easily to Mathews, and his personality was full of contradictions In this captivating biography, Michael Snyder provides the first book length account of this fascinating figure Known as Jo to all his friends, Mathews had a multifaceted identity A novelist, naturalist, biographer, historian, and tribal preservationist, he was a true man of letters Snyder draws on a wealth of sources, many of them previously untapped, to narrate Mathewss story Much of the writers family lifeespecially his two marriages and his relationships with his two children and two stepchildrenis explored here for the first time Born in the town of Pawhuska in Indian Territory, Mathews attended the University of Oklahoma before venturing abroad and earning a second degree from Oxford He served as a flight instructor during World War I, traveled across Europe and northern Africa, and bought and sold land in California A proud Osage who devoted himself to preserving Osage culture, Mathews also served as tribal councilman and cultural historian for the Osage Nation Like many gifted artists, Mathews was not without flaws And perhaps in the eyes of some critics, he occupies a nebulous space in literary history Through insightful analysis of his major works, especially his semiautobiographical novel Sundown and his meditative Talking to the Moon, Snyder revises this impression The story he tells, of one remarkable individual, is also the story of the Osage Nation, the state of Oklahoma, and Native America in the twentieth century....

Title : John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series)
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ISBN : 0806156090
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press May 11, 2017
Number of Pages : 280 pages
File Size : 986 KB
Status : Available For Download
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John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series) Reviews

  • Bertha Aguirre
    2019-04-28 03:00

    Very interesting life story of John Joseph Mathews. He lived a good life for the period in the early 1900's and being part an Osage Native American Indian. Life in Oklahoma and all over the world. To bad he was not close to his children and had a drinking problems. With all the education even that did not help.

  • TheLonelyArtistClub
    2019-05-06 02:33

    In full disclosure, I know the writer from our time as grad students. I was invited to a book signing and eagerly purchased a copy of the book. I've been to plenty of book signings for people before where I've bought books to show support and then never really opened them. Dr. Snyder's talk was engaging though and I decided to read it.

  • Satisfied customer
    2019-04-23 19:52

    Michael Snyder has written an important book about the life of one of our great Native American authors. This book is well written and extremely well researched. Snyder gives us an unvarnished look at the man behind such significant books such as Sundown, Talking to the Moon and Wah' Kon-Tah. Even if you are unfamiliar with the great Osage writer, Snyder provides an interesting story of early 20th century life in the oil rich Pawhuska, Oklahoma area. The life and times of John Joseph Mathews come alive in this publication and make you want to read (or reread) all of Mathews' works. 'Jo' Mathews was a complicated man who led a fascinating life and Michael Snyder brings it to us through his extensive research and interviews with Mathews' family. Great book!

  • richard
    2019-05-17 00:39

    Snyder’s study offers a compelling biography of John (Jo) Joseph Matthews, who focused on Osage cosmology and tribal history in such well-regarded nonfiction works as The Osages: Children of the Middle Waters and Wah'Kon-Tah: The Osage and the White Man's Road. Matthews’ texts cumulatively provide a kind of spiritual history of the Osage tribe, as well as fascinating autobiographical and fictionalized accounts of the author’s own captivating and densely-lived life. Thematically and through his admirable attention to detail, Snyder gives us a comprehensive sense of how Matthews often lived between worlds—he was an individualist in the Thoreauvian vein; a native but also “Anglophile” hunter; a graduate of Oklahoma University and Oxford University; and served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Signal Corps. But he also wholly identified with his Osage community on the prairie; served as a tribal councilman; worked assiduously for the Osage Tribal Museum and attempted to turn it into a national monument (it was placed on the National Historic Register); and became perhaps best known as the author of the partly autobiographical novel Sundown. In Snyder’s wide-ranging account, personal biography is deftly interwoven with the history of Native American affairs, and the history of the early and mid twentieth century. Snyder is particularly adroit at elucidating Matthews’ status as mixed-blood within the tribe and his identity (or identities) among several cultures. (Even the fact that Matthews was called the Osage Homer is telling, since it suggests the ways native writers could be legitimated primarily by comparison to canonical Western writers). Comprehensively researched and elegantly written, Snyder’s book provides both an accessible introduction to, and a thoughtful, meditative and insightful interpretation of, a figure who deserves wider public and critical attention.