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Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Writer, academic

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is rereading “Uncle Remus,’’ to see if it has lasting cultural value. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is rereading “Uncle Remus,’’ to see if it has lasting cultural value. (JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF)
By Amy Sutherland
December 4, 2011
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Henry Louis Gates Jr., author, New Yorker contributor, Harvard professor, PBS star, has come a long way from Piedmont, W.Va., But the small paper-mill town, where “there were 386 black people and one Jewish family’’ in the Irish-Italian town, is still very much on Gates’ mind for many reasons, one being that’s where he became a bibliophile.

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