|6059||PASSAGE TO FAME (CHARLES JOHNSON)||PASSAGE TO FAME (CHARLES JOHNSON)||1991||color||28 min||vhs|| (Upon Reflection series)
Host Marcia Alvar speaks with Charles Johnson, novelist, critic, and the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Professor in Creative Writing, University of Washington. They discuss his acceptance of the 1990 National Book Award in Fiction and the perils of fast fame. They also discuss, in detail, his novel, Middle Passage, for which he won the coveted award. Professor Johnson explains why it is so popular, how the characters were developed, changes made to the book, the critics' reviews, and his thoughts on the effects of literature on society.