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Friday, September 4, 2015

'Enticing' the reader into our lives


I hope to be remembered for writing books about social justice that also have enough aesthetic value to endure as works of literature.” – Jonathan Kozol

Born on this date in 1936, Kozol is an American writer, educator, and activistism, best known for his books on public education in the United States.

Death at an Early Age,  his first non-fiction book, is a description of his first year as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. It was published in 1967 and won the National Book Award in Science, Philosophy and Religion.  It has sold more than two million copies in the United States and Europe.
His book Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America received the Robert F. Kennedy Book award and the Conscience-in-Media Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.   And those were just two of his many books and essays.

 

“I don't know if anything I write will endure, but I do try to write it as a narrative that will not only challenge but also entice the reader into the lives of children,” he said in the 1980s.  Not only was he successful in that hope, but his writing continues to touch the conscience of all Americans yet today.

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