Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | Categories: Episodes |
Frank Delaney. Photograph by Jerry Bauer.
All great literature is about the human condition. The Pulitzer Prize winning writer and social activist, Upton Sinclair, believed stories could provoke social change. "Art is propaganda" he said. The French writer Emile Zola said, "if you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow." Can literature provoke social change? Zola and Sinclair said yes. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell speaks to the Irish writer, journalist and broadcaster Frank Delaney, who has been called, "the most eloquent man in the world." He says integrating literature and social commentary unleashes a struggle of its own.