Toni Morrison, a writer who explores from within

Toni Morrison
Wed, 1931-02-18

*This date marks the birth of Toni Morrison in 1931. She is an African American writer, whose writings often deal with the Black experience and celebrates the Black community.

Morrisons' literature features mythic elements, sharp observations, compassion, and poetic language and is often concerned with the relationship between the individual and society. From Lorain, Ohio, Morrison, christened Chloe Anthony Wofford, grew up during the Great Depression in a poor and close-knit family. In 1949 she entered Howard University, became interested in theater and joined the Howard University Players. Morrison went on to earn an M.A. in English at Cornell.

She taught at Texas Southern University for two years and then at Howard University until 1964. She met and married Harold Morrison an editor at Random House and began to write fiction. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970, and attracted immediate attention. Sula followed this. Morrison's next novel, Song of Solomon 1977 was hailed as a major literary achievement. Tar Baby was equally well received. 1988’s Beloved, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is regarded by many as Morrison's most successful work.

In 1993 she won the Nobel Prize in literature. Toni Morrisons' seventh novel, Paradise, 1998, focuses on an all-Black town and a violent attack that a group of men make on a small, all-female community nearby. Recently she has written The Book of Mean People, and
The Big Box, 2002.

Black Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia
Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Darlene Clark Hine
Copyright 1993, Carlson Publishing Inc., Brooklyn, New York
ISBN 0-926019-61-9

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