I was still in the early planning stages of the project, nor fully sure what this whole Remarkable Receptions would be, and I reached out to Courtney Thorsson asking her to contribute. So glad I did.
She's been writing on Toni Morrison for years, and she has this forthcoming book The Sisterhood: Black Women's Literary Organizing, an interpretive cultural history of The Sisterhood (Columbia University Press). The book focuses on Morrison and other black women writers, signaled by a now iconic photograph.
For this episode, I asked Courtney to write about the reception to Beloved. Here's how she opens the episode: "Say the words "African American literature" to nearly anyone and they will definitely think of Toni Morrison and probably think of her novel Beloved."
Listen to the full episode here.------------
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