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Byline: Carlin Romano
NEW YORK _ Despite a controversy with Oprah Winfrey that threatened to harm support for his work, Jonathan Franzen won the National Book Award on Wednesday night for his highly praised novel "The Corrections", about the relations in a dysfunctional family between children and their parents.
Franzen, accepting his award at the annual NBA gala in midtown at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, looked stunned.
"I was the person who provided some blood-sport entertainment to divert the literary community in this time of trouble," said Franzen, a St. Louis native and Swarthmore graduate, referring to the controversy caused when he …