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La Farge, Oliver

(lä färzh), 1901–63, American writer and anthropologist, b. New York City, grad. Harvard (B.A., 1924; M.A., 1929). He conducted three archaeological expeditions to Arizona and also ethnological expeditions to Guatemala and Mexico. La Farge used his field experience to authenticate his reflective stories of Native American habit and character. Laughing Boy (1929), a novel of Navajo life, won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1930. Other works are The Sparks Fly Upward (1931), The Enemy Gods (1937), and the stories All the Young Men (1935). Santa Fe recounts the history of that city.


See his autobiographical Raw Material (1945); biographies by E. Gillis (1967), D. McNickle (1971), and T. M. Pearce (1972).

La Farge, Oliver (Hazard Perry)

(1901–63) anthropologist, author; born in New York City. An architect's son, he graduated from Harvard in 1924, and with a background of three field trips into Navajo country, he became an assistant in ethnology at Tulane in 1925. With a coauthor, he published Tribes and Temples, an ethnology of the Guatemalan Indians, in 1927. His novel Laughing Boy won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929. He continued to write prolifically. He headed the Association of American Indian Affairs, and in the 1950s became a prominent champion of Native American political and social causes.
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Perez Suarez analiza, entre otras inscripciones, las del sitio monumento de Tortuguero, encontrado en la cima del Cerro del Gavilan Blanco en Macuspana, Tabasco, y reportado por Frans Blom y Oliver La Farge en su Tribes and Temples de 1926.
This work presents a collection of weekly columns written for The Santa Fe New Mexican between 1950 and 1963, by Southwestern anthropologist, journalist, and novelist Oliver La Farge (1901-1963), who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for Laughing Boy, his novel of Navajo life.
Ethnographic Power Struggles in Oliver La Farge's Indian Ficton
Oliver La Farge's debut novel about Navajo life, Laughing Boy (1929), won the Pulitzer prize and popular acclaim.(1) In an article of the time that considered the future of this promising writer, one reviewer raised the issue of La Farge's professional training as an anthropologist and remarked that in scientific circles it was hoped that La Farge would not give up his first profession.
Born in New York City on December 19, 1901, Oliver La Farge entered a world of privilege that included summers on Narragansett Bay, family friendship with the Roosevelts, a private education in New York and Massachusetts, and a grand tour of Europe.
(2.) John Bird, "The Future of Oliver La Farge," review of Laughing Boy, by Oliver La Farge, Bookman 72 (Sept.
See, for example, Paul Steven Kleinpoppen, ("The Indian Fiction of Oliver La Farge," Ph.D.
(5.) For information on La Farge's life, see Oliver La Farge, Raw Material (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1945) and a number of biographies: D'Arcy McNickle, Indian Man: A Life of Oliver La Farge (Bloomington: Indiana Univ.
Pulitzer prizes were awarded for the following: fiction, Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge; biography, The Raven by Marquis James; history, The War of Independence by Claude H.
Indian Man (1971) is a life of <IR> OLIVER LA FARGE </IR> .
Fictional works dealing with the Navahos include Adolph Bandelier's The Delight Makers (1890), Willa Cather's <IR> DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP </IR> (1927), and Oliver La Farge's <IR> LAUGHING BOY </IR> (1929).
<IR> D'ARCY MCNICKLE </IR> wrote Indian Man: A Life of Oliver La Farge (1971).