Wednesday, March 5, 2003
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GOOD FOR OPRAH: Oprah Winfrey
GOOD FOR OPRAH: Oprah Winfrey is restarting her book club -- with a twist:
"Winfrey sent a jolt of excitement through the publishing world last Wednesday when she revealed plans to resume her phenomenally successful book club after a 10-month hiatus.
This time, though, she plans to shine the spotlight on literary classics. She will try to bring to life books and authors that many people haven't attempted to read since high school or college, if ever.
For the club, tentatively titled 'Traveling with the Classics,' Winfrey said she expects to make three to five picks a year. In addition to on-air discussions of the chosen work, she will take the show to locations around the world related to the books' plots or their authors' lives."
Given that Winfrey was able to convert all 46 of her previous book-club picks into best sellers, it will be interesting to see if she has a similar effect on more "classical" works.
The reason I like this is that it's bound to lead to roiling debates about whether Oprah is destroying, simplifying, or revitalizing the "canon." The article is a bit vague on what Winfrey considers a "literary classic", although one tipoff is her observation: "I can't imagine a world where there is no Shakespeare, where there's no Tolstoy or George Eliot or Toni Morrison or Proust or Hemingway or Steinbeck."
I'm sure that the debate, plus people actually reading Winfrey's suggestions, will have an edifying effect.
Oh, and publishers love it.posted by Dan on 03.05.03 at 10:49 PM
I think that it is great that Ms.Oprah Winfrey is publishing books and bringing them "back to life" . Everyone sould kow about Shakespeare.posted by: Natalie on 03.05.03 at 10:49 PM [permalink]
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