In "The Man Made of Words" Momaday chronicles his own pilgrimage as an author, retelling, through thirty-eight essays, allegorical stories, and autobiographical reminiscences, how he became one of the first recognized Native American writers of this century. By exploring such themes as land, language, and self-identity, "The Man Made of Words" fashions a definition of American literature as it has never been interpreted before.
"The dean of American Indian writers . . . Mr. Momaday constructs beautifully cadenced sentences and summons a colorful assortment of stories and states of mind from a lively imagination."—The New York Times Book Review
"Momaday is a kind of arrowmaker himself—savvy, agile with language, and ready to slay, in a heartbeat, the predator outside."—The Nation
"There is . . . an unmistakable greatness here . . . Momaday's qualification to speak on the restorative power of words follows from his position as an outsider who uses language to negotiate a way between two worlds . . . Momaday may write for himself and his people . . . but he speaks to us all."—Atlanta Journal Constitution
"The Man Made of Words is Momaday in a nutshell, essential Momaday . . . Throughout [he] sounds his grand theme: the sacred—an Indian sacred and what it is."—Buffalo News
"A preeminent voice on Native American literature . . . few authors write as gracefully or majestically as Momaday."—Publishers Weekly