A young adult author has been 'canceled' after she defended the writers of The Scarlett Letter and other classic novels on Twitter.
The incident occurred when antiracist and anti-bias educator Lorena Germán wrote a tweet on November 30 advocating for more diversity among books that are taught in schools.
In response, Jessica Cluess, who wrote the Kingdom of Fire series, called Germán an 'idiot' and said authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote works criticizing the very societies in which their novels took place.
This led to Cluess's agent dropping her after what he described as 'condescending and personal attacks' by his former client.
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On November 30, antiracist educator Lorena Germán (left) tweeted about how many classics were written before the 1950s and needed to be 'switched up.' Young adult author Jessica Cluess (right) responded by calling Germán an 'idiot' and defending Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote The Scarlet Letter
Germán is perhaps best known for being one of the founders of the #DisruptTexts hashtag and website.
The movement is meant to center more voices of color in literature and apply a critical lens to many texts written by white authors.
'Did y'all know that many of the "classics" were written before the 50s?' German wrote on Twitter on November 30.
'Think of US society before then & the values that shaped this nation afterwards. THAT is what is in those books. That is why we gotta switch it up. It ain't just about "being old."'
The tweet received nearly 900 likes and more than 140 retweets.
However, it was not well received by Cluess, who - in a series of now-deleted tweets - defended many classic authors.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
She referenced Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote The Scarlet Letter about Hester Prynne, a woman in the Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony who conceives a daughter after having