C: his father. Myers' son Christopher asked him about that.
CHRISTOPHER MYERS: He bought you a typewriter at one point. Why do you think he knew that that was important to you?
WALTER MYERS: Now, my father told ghost stories at times. So I even would take his ghost stories and publish them. And I would show them to him, and he would never comment on them. So when I did that, then I said, he hates me. You know, he hates me.
MYERS: Did you ever ask him about it? Did you ever say, well...
MYERS: Then after he died, I went to his house and went through his papers. And I would see X's, you know, where his signature should be, and the man couldn't read. I mean, that was why he never said anything about my writing. It just tore me up. I mean, I could have read him a story at the hospital. I could have read something to him. But he was ashamed of the fact that he could not read. And that was a barrier between us all my life.
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: Walter Dean Myers remembering his father Herbert Dean at StoryCorps in New York. Walter and his son Christopher now work on books together as writer and illustrator. Their conversation will be archived at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress. And you can get the podcast at npr.org.
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