(urth) The Death of Doctor Island Movie

Daniel D Jones ddjones at riddlemaster.org
Wed Oct 18 04:57:03 PDT 2006

On Wednesday 18 October 2006 01:42, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> Daniel D Jones wrote:
> > On Tuesday 17 October 2006 11:59, Jeff Wilson wrote:
> >> Daniel D Jones wrote:
> >>>> It's just that Wolfe seems to be really fond of including misogynist
> >>>> characters and situations in his stories.
> >>>
> >>> And Sam Clemons was really fond of including racist characters and
> >>> situations in his.
> >>
> >> And he was himself an admitted and practicing racist.
> >
> > Which, true or not, doesn't at all change the fact that his stories are
> > powerful arguments against racism.
> I agree, I was just playing along with the red herring theme. Twain
> wrote about his own society, in which esentially everyone was a racist,
> largely in a time when racism was enshrined as a divinely and legally
> ordained fact of life, so of course there were lots of racist characters
> and situations. Wolfe doesn't have this excuse, not that he really needs
> one.

The Death of Doctor Island was published in 1973.  You don't think misogyny 
was common then?  Wolfe may use fictional environments but that doesn't at 
all mean that his works don't contain lessons and commentary applicable to 
the real one.

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