Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Evolving Reception of The Bluest Eye

Here's a thoughtful piece by Richard Schur on the shifting receptions of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye (1970). It's one of the compositions I hoped for with our series Remarkable Receptions

Schur explains that, 
Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye shows how a book can be initially misunderstood and ignored, slowly re-discovered and embraced by a small group, then gain literary recognition and acclaim, become adopted by the education system and taught broadly, and then subject to book bans and censorship, all within the writer’s lifetime.



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