Laughing Boy Author:Oliver La Farge For more than a generation, this Pulitzer Prize novel has been admired as a classic rendering of Indian life. When it was first published , Owen Wister wrote of it: "It is a daring experiment, triumphantly successful. To choose Navajo Indians as your material, to exclude the white man, save as the merest accidental accessory ... (and to br... more »ing it off) is a most uncommon feat. Familiarity with the Navajos, their customs, and their country, would not alone have sufficed to produce Laughing Boy. A born artist, a skillful writer, and that gift of imagination which makes the reader know the characters and believe the events, these were also needed. The tale is haunting and poetic in an extraordinary degree."