Published on November 28, 2012 by Amy
Carter Curtis Revard (born March 25, 1931) is an American poet, writer and scholar. He is part Osage on his father’s side. He is also known by his Osage name, Nom-Peh-Wah-The (Nompehwahthe) given to him in 1952 by his grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Jump.
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Revard was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an Osage Indian Agency town. His early education on the Osage reservation was in a single room with all the other grades of his school. In this environment, schoolwork was coupled with farming and other odd jobs, including greyhound training, but Revard still credits his teachers at the time with inspiring his interest in literature and science. A scholarship won on the back of a radio quiz enabled him to earn a BA at the University of Tulsa, and there he prospered well enough to gain a Rhodes Scholarship that enabled him to study at Oxford University, earning a BA there as well. A PhD at Yale University followed in 1959.
After gaining his doctorate, Revard taught at Amherst College. For most of his career, he has taught at Washington University in St. Louis, beginning in 1961. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. Unusually for a Native American professor, Revard’s major scholarly focus throughout his career has been on medieval British manuscripts, and their social context. He is a respected voice in this field.
Revard has also produced scholarly work on linguistics (specifically on the transition between Middle English and later forms of the language) and Native American literature.