John Joseph Mathews, Sundown

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Sundown is the second book published by Osage writer John Joseph Mathews. First published in 1934, Sundown, his only work of fiction, follows Wah’Kon-Tah: The Osage and the White Man’s Road (1932). Subsequent books include: Talking to the Moon (1945), Life and Death of an Oilman: The Career of E.W. Marland (1951) and The Osages: Children of the Middle Waters (1961). Most of Mathews’ writing consists of memoir, cultural and historical observation and reflection, as well as biography.

A seminal, but sometimes overlooked work, Sundown may be understood as a “late-modernist novel” that sets the “paradigm” for subsequent novelists of the “Native American Renaissance” – with its more acclaimed authors, such as N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko – who, like Mathews,

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Citation: Hada, Ken. "Sundown". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2023 [, accessed 07 December 2023.]

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