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Behind the furor over "Great Soul," Joseph Lelyveld's biography of Mahatma Gandhi

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(Read caption) Controversy has done much to boost sales of of "Great Soul," his biography of Mahatma Gandhi, says Joseph Lelyveld, but he remains surprised that readers have focused so much attention on just a few paragraphs of the book.

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Joseph Lelyveld, a former executive editor of the world's most influential newspaper, is certainly no stranger to controversy. But he didn't expect his new book about Mahatma Gandhi to draw the reaction it did.

"Great Soul," he thought, might raise eyebrows because of the way it explores the conflict between Gandhi's ideals and the country that venerates him. But when it was published in March, much of the world's attention focused on just a few paragraphs in which he discusses Gandhi's possible physical relationship with a male architect.

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