Burn This Book Notes on Literature and Engagement

ISBN-10: 0061774014
ISBN-13: 9780061774010
Edition: 2012
Authors: Toni Morrison
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Description: As Americans we often take our freedom of speech for granted. When we talk about censorship we talk about China, the former Soviet Union. But the recent presidential election has shined a spotlight on profound acts of censorship in our own backyard.  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

As Americans we often take our freedom of speech for granted. When we talk about censorship we talk about China, the former Soviet Union. But the recent presidential election has shined a spotlight on profound acts of censorship in our own backyard. Both provocative and timely, Burn this Book includes a sterling list of award-winning writers; it is sure to ignite spirited dialogue.In "Witness: The Inward Testimony," Nadine Gordimer discusses the role of the writer as observer, and as someone who sees "what is really taking place." She looks to Proust, Oe, Flaubert, Graham Green to see how their philosophy squares with her own, ultimately concluding "Literature has been and remains a means of people rediscovering themselves." In "Freedom to Write" Orham Pamuk elegantly describes escorting Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter around Turkey and how that experience changed his life.In "The Value of the Word" Salman Rushdie shares a story from Bugakov's novel The Master and the Margarita, in which the Devil talks to a frustrated writer called "The Master." The writer is so upset with his own work he decides to burn it: "How could you do that?" the devil asks. "Manuscripts do not burn." Indeed, manuscripts do not burn, Rushdie argues, but writers do.

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, and Home. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1977 for Song of Solomon, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She also co-wrote children's books with her younger son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge.

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