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Great Books by Morally Questionable Authors

If you're a bookworm like I am then you'll probably love this collection of books we love written by people we probably wouldn't. Yeah, Roald Dahl's on the list, right alongside a Nobel winner, a couple of notable poets, and a German metaphysical philosopher.
We like to think of our favorite writers as people we would get along with. So much of what attracts us to literature and philosophy is its author’s stated or implied worldview that it’s disturbing to find out that the writers we love have lived morally questionable — or even reprehensible — lives.

In the spirit of hating the author but loving the work, we’ve rounded up a collection of great books by poets, novelist, and philosophers with unsettling biographies.

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The attack on Zora Neale Hurston is completely unwarranted. The worst thing the slideshow author comes up with was that HUrston was politically conservative and opposed affirmative action and integration? She's "morally questionable" for that? Really?

The fact is that Hurston truly thought both of these movements were *detrimental* for the long term progress of blacks in the U.S.

She anticipated that forced integration would result in a loss of black culture and an unfair imposition of the Federal government into private lives. Her views at the time (and this was 60 years ago... we have the benefit of hindsight) may be arguable one way or the other, but she felt was acting in the best interest of her fellow blacks.

On the next ubject, she considered affirmative action cheating, akin to making the game easier in a patronizing way, the government's implication being that blacks couldn't succeed with the same rules as everyone else. THAT's why she rejected affirmative action, not because she was some sort of traitor to her race as the article/slideshow implies.
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Just to add my 2cents: Dahl's children's stories are basically amusing (but with a dark streak); the stuff he wrote for adults, though, is downright disturbing. It wouldn't take much for me to believe he was not a very nice or normal person...
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Roald Dahl a nazi sympathizer? If I am to believe his wikipedia entry, the guy's a war hero.

I don't believe either 100%. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. I'd advise to be skeptical.
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Here's the list:

* Roald Dahl, Matilda
* V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas
* Ezra Pound, Hugh Selwyn Bauberley
* T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
* Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
* Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
* Charles Dickens, Bleak House
* Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
* J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
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@Jeff

Clearly the same couldn't be said of any semite, a term which encompasses Palestinian Arabs. In the case of the E1 land-area east of Jerusalem near Maaleh Adumim, a disputed land-area which ostensibly belongs to the West Bank. The land area is designated as Palestinian land according to any and all treaties including the 1967 border's which Jews disaffectionately call the "Auschwitz Line" with the full intent of expanding beyond it. Currently the IsraelLandFund.com website is offering land in the E1 Area with the following statement of intent: "As part of the battle to settle E1, it is important to purchase this property so that it can become a base for settlement and agriculture in the E1 area."

In other words, it is important to settle on it now so that when it comes down to crass facts we can say "We are already here." Meanwhile, Palestinians, Americans and other nationalities, including some Israeli Jews ahve tried establishing Palestinian settlements on E1 Land only to be forcefull removed by the IDF.

This is the behavior of a nation of "semites" which to my mind is morally reprehensible and clearly in this case "anti-semitism" isn't the betraying factor. To my mind the betraying factor is always a personal exceptionalism or elitism or specialism or something which rends the human race in two and provides the basis for both conflicts and treaties. There would be no need of a treaty if there were never any separation.
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