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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Extolling Literary Social Justice

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 Sept. 5, 1936 Kozol is an American writer, educator, and activist 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," Kozol said,  "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.” 

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