This insanely talented author has something incredible for us.
Or maybe it’s a lot of things in one.
The award-winning Morrison recently released her new book The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) and we have no doubt it will be as classic as the rest of her work.
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It was back in the Spring of 2016 that Morrison delivered a series of Norton Lectures within Harvard University touching on subjects of race, literature, human fears, and social movements. Now those lectures have become six essays stitched together in one eye-opening volume.
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Morrison takes a hard look at the concept of otherness within her own novels, such as Beloved and Paradise. She pulls from the rich history of setbacks and victories of race in America. She also looks at the nineteenth-century efforts to romanticize slavery in the literary world. By drawing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner, among other authors, Morrison is able to provide various viewpoints a megaphone.
Once again she gives us something that will launch our thoughts back in time while still firmly aware of contemporary issues.
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