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The Hawk Is Hungry and Other Stories

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These sixteen stories—ten of which have not been previously published—represent the work of one of the most influential Native American writers of the twentieth century—held by many to be the most important Native American to write fiction before N. Scott Momaday. Birgit Hans's introductory essay provides a brief biography of McNickle, sets the stories in the context of his better known work, and provides insights into their literary significance. Together, they constitute a collection essential to an adequate ...

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Overview

These sixteen stories—ten of which have not been previously published—represent the work of one of the most influential Native American writers of the twentieth century—held by many to be the most important Native American to write fiction before N. Scott Momaday. Birgit Hans's introductory essay provides a brief biography of McNickle, sets the stories in the context of his better known work, and provides insights into their literary significance. Together, they constitute a collection essential to an adequate understanding of McNickle and of the development of Native American fiction.

CONTENTS

The Reservation Hard Riding En roulant ma boule, roulant...
Meat for God Snowfall Train Time Montana The Hawk Is Hungry Debt of Gratitude Newcomers Man's Work Going to School The City Manhattan Wedlock Let the War Be Fought In the Alien Corn Six Beautiful in Paris The Silver Locket

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A Native American writer best known for his novel The Surrounded (Univ. of New Mexico Pr., 1978), McNickle wrote short stories throughout his life. Hans (American Indian studies, Univ. of North Dakota) presents them here, many for the first time. As Hans reports in her well-written, informative introduction, McNickle was slow to acquire an appreciation of himself as an American Indian, and this collection gives evidence of his evolving consciousness. Some of the stories are just fragments that would best have been left out, but most are fully realized presentations of life in flux. Whether set on the reservation or in the big city, they deal primarily with the themes of alienation from community and environment. Recommended for larger collections of American literature.-- Debbie Bogenschutz, Cincinnati Technical Coll.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816513314
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1992
  • Series: Sun Tracks , #22
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Reservation
Hard Riding 3
En roulant ma boule, roulant 13
Meat for God 25
Snowfall 35
Train Time 47
Montana
The Hawk Is Hungry 55
Debt of Gratitude 65
The Wedding Night 75
Newcomers 87
Man's Work 97
Going to School 107
The City
Manhattan Wedlock 119
Let the War Be Fought 135
In the Alien Corn 145
Six Beautiful in Paris 161
The Silver Locket 165
Notes 173
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