Posted on February 5, 2024 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The New York Times recently wrote about two new works that are calling attention to literature of the past.

One of them is a movie adaptation: American Fiction, the Oscar-nominated film, is based off Percival Everett’s 2001 novel Erasure.

Erasure satirizes the way in which the publishing industry treated and categorized — and still treats and categorize, some would say — works written by non-white authors.

See what publishing industry figures had to say about Erasure's message, twenty-three years later, in the NYT.

The other flashback goes back further, but also addresses issues of identity and acceptance.

A new novel called Mrs. Lowe-Porter, by Jo Salas, reminds the world that English readers of Thomas Mann have a woman's translation work to thank.

But almost no one knew that until Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter's death, as she's credited on Mann's work as H.T. Lowe-Porter.

Read more about Lowe-Porter's life and legacy in the NYT.

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