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'It's literary blackface': Barnes & Noble forced to scrap new series of books to mark Bl

• Daily Mail

-Barnes & Noble cancelled a Black History Month book series after the bookseller faced a back lash over the project for substituting the faces of iconic characters

-Critics complained about the 'Diverse Editions' book series, which gave Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Frankenstein's Monster black faces

-The series also dressed a dark-skinned Mr. Hyde in a turban, as well as made similar representations on another 9 classic novels

-Critics said the series was off base and that it failed to celebrate and call attention to black history 

-TBWA/Chiat/Day, the the American division of international advertising agency TBWA Worldwide, also was called out for spearheading the project

Barnes & Noble cancelled a book series that was to help celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday after the bookseller faced a backlash over the project, which substituted the faces of iconic characters with faces of color. 

Critics complained the 'Diverse Editions' book series, which gave Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Frankenstein's Monster black faces, and dressed a dark-skinned Mr. Hyde in a turban, as well as made similar representations on another 9 classic novels, missed the point of setting aside February to celebrate and call attention to black history. 

Several authors took to social media to say the series, which the largest bookseller in the US was to sell in its stores, should have promoted black writers instead. 


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