The New York Times recently asked several hundred leading editors, writers, professors, book critics and other literary experts to name the “single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.”
The winner was “Beloved,” by Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison — the one novel cited last fall by Kansas State Board of Education chairman Steve Abrams as an example of the kind of smutty literature that shouldn’t be taught in Kansas classrooms.
Of course, Abrams hadn’t read the book, just seen a few raw excerpts. But don’t think that mainstream professional opinion will sway Abrams — it didn’t in the evolution controversy, either.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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