Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20110729, 20100903
A finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his fourth novel, The Surrendered, Chang-rae Lee spent 12 years writing this story that is set partially during the Korean War. It presents a harrowing view of the savagery of war, and draws on some his father's stories. Lee was born in Korea and came with his family to the U.S. when he was three years old. A graduate of Yale, he won six awards for his 1995 debut novel, Native Speaker. He teaches creative writing at Princeton, and talks about writing in first versus third person.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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