Writers and Company | Jun 8, 2012 | 48:12

Remembering novelist Barry Unsworth (1996 Interview)

Booker prize-winning British novelist Barry Unsworth, has died in Italy at age 81. Listen to Eleanor Wachtel's 1996 conversation with him about his novel "Morality Play."

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