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Toni Morrison

Biography
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Stephanie Morrison

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Transcript of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
Of course I'm a black writer.... I'm not just a black writer, but categories like black writer, woman writer and Latin American writer aren't marginal anymore.
We have to acknowledge that the thing we call "literature" is more pluralistic now, just as society ought to be. The melting pot never worked. We ought to be able to accept on equal terms everybody from the Hassidim to Walter Lippmann, from the Rastafarians to Ralph Bunche. (Newsweek, 1981)
Important works
What does she think
about Writing?
Morrison talks about her novel, A Mercy
Morrison Reads from A Mercy
Morrison talks about The Bluest Eye and beginning to write
Drama
Non-fiction
Children's books
Novels
Upbringing
Career
Education
Born February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio
Name: Chloe Anthony Wofford
Second of four children in a working class family.
Father was a welder
Mother was a domestic worker
She grew up loving books and storytelling.
Graduated with honors from Lorain High school in 1949
Howard University- BA 1953
Cornell University- MA 1955
Taught English at Texas Southern University
(1955-57)
Senior Editor for Random House
Professor at Howard University and
Princeton University.
Editorial Board of The Nation magazine
The Bluest Eye (1970)
Sula (1974)
Song of Solomon (1977)
Tar Baby (1981)
Beloved (1987)
Jazz (1992)
Paradise (1997)
Love (2003)
A Mercy (2008)
Home (2012)
God Help the Child (2015)
The Black Book (1974)
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (1992)
Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality (editor) (1992)
Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case (co-editor) (1997)
Remember: The Journey to School Integration (April 004)
What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction, edited by Carolyn C. Denard (April 2008)
Burn This Book: Essay Anthology, editor (2009)
Written with Slade Morrison
(her son, who died in 2010)

The Big Box (1999)
The Book of Mean People (2002)
Peeny Butter Fudge (2009)
Dreaming Emmett (performed 1986)
Desdemona (first performed 15 May 2011 in Vienna)
Toni Morrison's
Background
Credits
"Toni Morrison, Profile." Biography.com. The Biography.com website. Web. November 19, 2015. <http://www.biography.com/people/toni-morrison-9415590>
"Toni Morrison - Facts". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 19 Nov 2015. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1993/morrison-facts.html>
Videos are from YouTube
Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
"American author, editor and professor Toni Morrison's writing provide penetrating depictions of the world of the black people in America. Many of her novels deal with black women defining their roles and striving to survive in a male dominated society. ...[She] gained the world's attention for her unique narrative technique and her sympathy and humanity, always based on profound humour.
Biography of Toni Morrison
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Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012
Pulitzer Prize awarded in 1988 for her novel, Beloved.
Awards
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