Friday, February 19, 2010

Sins of the Fathers

From Arnold Rampersad's biography of Ralph Ellison, a couple disturbing snippets about American literary giants:

William Faulkner, quoted in Life, asserted that he was ready to shoot blacks in the street, if necessary, to save the Old South. (324)

Ernest [Hemingway] never cared much for American Negroes. When the integrated Brooklyn Dodgers visited Cuba, he invited the white players to his home, Finca Vigia, but quietly barred their black teammates. (410)

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