Toni Morrison: Books, Quotes, Novels, Education, Influences, On Reading, Interview, Writing (2001)

Toni Morrison, was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. Her books: Her full name was Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019). Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987); she gained worldwide recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.


(1970). The Bluest Eye.
(1973). Sula.
(1977). Song of Solomon.
(1981). Tar Baby.
(1987). Beloved.
(1992). Jazz.
(1997). Paradise.
(2003). Love.
(2008). A Mercy.
(2012). Home.
(2015). God Help the Child.

Children’s books (with Slade Morrison)

The Big Box (1999).
The Book of Mean People (2002).
Remember: The Journey to School Integration (2004).
Who’s Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper?, The Lion or the Mouse?, Poppy or the Snake? (2007).
Peeny Butter Fudge (2009).
Little Cloud and Lady Wind (2010).
Please, Louise (2014).


Morrison, Toni, Goodness and the Literary Imagination : Harvard Divinity School’s 95th Ingersoll Lecture : With Essays on Morrison’s Moral and Religious Vision. Edited by ; Davíd Carrasco, Stephanie Paulsell, and Mara Willard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.
Morrison, Toni (2009). “Foreword”. In Harris, Middleton A.; Levitt, Morris; Furman, Roger; Smith, Ernest (eds.). The Black Book. Random House.
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (2007).
Editor and foreword (1992). Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality. Pantheon Books.
Co-editor (1997), Birth of a Nation’hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case.
Remember: The Journey to School Integration (2004).
What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction, edited by Carolyn C. Denard (2008).
Editor (2009), Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word.
The Origin of Others – The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures; Foreword by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2017). Harvard University Press.
The Source of Self-Regard: Essays, Speeches, Meditations (2019). New York: Alfred A. Knopf, UK edition published as Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations (2019), London: Chatto & Windus,

Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B.A. in English. In 1955, she earned a master’s degree in American Literature from Cornell University. In 1957 she returned to Howard University, was married, and had two children before divorcing in 1964. In the late 1960s, she became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City. In the 1970s and 1980s, she developed her own reputation as an author, and her perhaps most celebrated work, Beloved, was made into a 1998 film. Her works are praised for addressing the harsh consequences of racism in the United States.

In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities. The very same year, she was honored with the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. In 2020, Morrison was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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