The Great and Mighty O eliminated The Education of Little Tree from her website, a book she once described as "a loving story about a boy growing up with his grandfather and learning about nature and speaking to the trees." When Winfrey discovered that the author was a racist and member of the KKK, she made her decision:
There's a part of me that said, `Well, OK, if a person has two sides of them and can write this wonderful story and also write the segregation forever speech, maybe that's OK.' But I couldn't — I couldn't live with that."But let's apply her rationale to the marriage between all novels and authors -- can we ever enjoy a book written by a jerk? And admit that we liked it? How badly must a storyteller sin before we can no longer receive a story?