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Song of Solomon is a novel by Toni Morrison the very famous and very popular Nobel laureate for literature Its the story of a young black man named Milkman and his journey towards redemption and enlightenment from the twisted Michigan environment that spawned him Its one of Morrisons most popular books and won the Critics Circle award in 1978 Theres a controversy going on You betcha During the summer of 97 the 11th grade Advanced Placement English class of David Flood in the small town of Leonardtown Maryland was assigned to read Song of Solomon The book was then discussed briefly in class Shortly after the class was finished with Song of Solomon and happily whiling away the time on the extremely non-controversial The Scarlet Letter a mother of one of the students in the class Mrs Bernice Williamson wrote in a letter to Dr Edward Weiland In the letter Williamson demanded that the book be removed from the approved reading list Why Why dont you just read why Wow Is Song of Solomon really all that bad Its got some rough parts yes but my personal opinion is that the examples she cites are a bit exaggerated Still those things are in there Im fascinated What happened then Well as per the rules of reviewing a challenged book the director of English for the school district Deanna Norad assembled a five person committee made up of two administrators one teacher and two parents The comittee deliberated and unanimously recommended to keep the book on the reading list They also suggested some changes to the way the book was taught From then on they said Song of Solomon should be taught during the regular school year so that more guidance could be given if needed By the same token they recommended that the book be discussed more in class If they kept it whats the controversy Heres the thing
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