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TheDailyBeast: Oprah's Biggest Feuds

Oprah vs. Jonathan Franzen

In 2001, when Jonathan Franzen's wildly popular novel "The Corrections" was selected for Oprah's Book Club, Franzen, though not entirely bothered by the book's selection, was not necessarily happy about it, either. "She's picked some good books," Franzen said of Oprah in an interview posted on Powells.com, "but she's picked enough schmaltzy, one-dimensional ones that I cringe." Salon.com's Laura Miller described the novelist's slight this way: "Oprah's selection of 'The Corrections' was a bold, generous choice for a book that is also bold and generous. If the author has on this occasion lacked the nerve and imagination of his creation, well, writers are human beings, too, and sometimes they screw up. The books are what matter, if we could just manage to remember that." Nearly a decade after the controversy, Winfrey announced Franzen's novel "Freedom" would be an Oprah Book Club selection and a few months later, the two sat down on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to hash out their differences. "The big thing I learned from the experience, was to have more respect for television," Franzen admitted during the December 2010 episode.
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