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    Oprah Pulls Children's Book From Her Web Site

    http://cbs2chicago.com/local/oprah.w....2.490436.html

    A spokeswoman for the Chicago talk show host says including Forrest Carter's "The Education of Little Tree" was an error.

    Many consider the book a literary hoax of a white supremacist.

    (more at link)

    I have never heard of this book. Apparently there was a movie by the same name released in 1997:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119052/

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    I remember reading it as a kid, but I didn't know or care who wrote it. I remember liking it, but that's all I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazkat9696 View Post
    I remember reading it as a kid, but I didn't know or care who wrote it. I remember liking it, but that's all I remember.
    I am not familiar with this book either, but it brings up a good question - should good literature be discredited if its author are morally deficient? If so, we would miss out on a lot of great stuff.

    I think it's fairly common knowledge that Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland, Jabberwocky, etc...) was a pedophile - that's just one example that comes to mind quickly.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    I didn't know that Of course I didn't know who wrote Alice in wonderland either. As a matter of fact other than J K Rowling and John Douglass I have no clue who writes the books I read. I just read what I like I could care less about who writes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spazkat9696 View Post
    I didn't know that Of course I didn't know who wrote Alice in wonderland either. As a matter of fact other than J K Rowling and John Douglass I have no clue who writes the books I read. I just read what I like I could care less about who writes it.
    That's probably the best way to do it! I am a literature junkie and sometimes know as much about the authors as their works!
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    I am not familiar with this book either, but it brings up a good question - should good literature be discredited if its author are morally deficient? If so, we would miss out on a lot of great stuff.

    I think it's fairly common knowledge that Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland, Jabberwocky, etc...) was a pedophile - that's just one example that comes to mind quickly.
    Roald Dahl is another one author of Charlie and the Chocolate factory, James and the giant peach and many others and he is an antisemitist and has made some nasty remarks over the years.

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    I think there is a difference between a good book written by an author who has distasteful views vs. a book with messages about those views.

    http://www.nativeweb.org/pages/legal/carter.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelmom View Post
    I think there is a difference between a good book written by an author who has distasteful views vs. a book with messages about those views.

    http://www.nativeweb.org/pages/legal/carter.html
    Great point!
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    I have to jump and and say that A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is one of my all time favorites. I am anxious to read his next book.

    I never cared if it was true or not, rarely does a book grab me like that one did and that is what really mattered.

    Oprah needs to be careful about making judgments, IMO.

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    I always say, I might disagree with what you say but I will fight for your right to say it. When we censor based on the content of the message, our favored "content" could be censored next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eve View Post
    I always say, I might disagree with what you say but I will fight for your right to say it. When we censor based on the content of the message, our favored "content" could be censored next.

    Eve
    I agree. But the book isn't being banned, just taken down from Oprah's list. It's hardly a constitutional right.

    Oprah also has the right to recommend books that she likes or finds to be particularly enlightening. I'm guessing that one filled with racist undertones doesn't qualify.

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    I know it's only off of O's list, but next thing you know it will be on school "banned books" lists....whether it should be or not, I don't know. I haven't read the book nor do I know anything about the author.

    If I had time I'd like to review all the other books and authors on her list! lol

    Angelmom, I'm off to read your link. I hope it enlightens me a little about this topic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelmom View Post
    I agree. But the book isn't being banned, just taken down from Oprah's list. It's hardly a constitutional right.

    Oprah also has the right to recommend books that she likes or finds to be particularly enlightening. I'm guessing that one filled with racist undertones doesn't qualify.
    from Squishified's link.....
    Despite controversy surrounding the author's identity and legitimacy, The Education of Little Tree was critically acclaimed and won the 1991 American Booksellers Association Book of the Year (ABBY) award. In 1997, The Education of Little Tree was adapted into a made-for-TV movie but was instead given a theatrical release.
    In 2007, Oprah Winfrey pulled the book from a list of recommended titles on her web site. While Winfrey had promoted the book on her TV show in 1994, calling the novel "very spiritual," after learning the truth about Carter she's said she "had to take the book off my shelf."

    Nothing wrong with the book, she just doesn't like the author. I can't say I admire her stance on this one.

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    What about Oprah's freedom of speech?

    I agree we can't discard all the great art of the past just because artists don't measure up to our standards of political correctness. Shakespeare and Wagner were anti-semitic (in our terms), Mark Twain's work has elements we now associate with racists. Most historical artists can be deemed homophobic and sexist in one way or another.

    But Oprah didn't ask that the book be banned. She simply chose not to recommend it. Doesn't she get the freedom to do that?

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