Artist Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison From Enoch Pratt Library January 29, 1998 © copyright John Mathew Smith 2001 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, playwright and professor of literature born in 1931 and died in 2019.

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    Toni Morrison spent her childhood in the suburbs of Cleveland. After studying at Cornell University, she began a teaching career at Texas Southern University in 1955. She then taught at numerous universities and colleges.

    Nine years later, she became a publisher in New York. She raised her two children alone and got up every morning at 4am to write. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye in 1970.

    This was followed by short stories, essays and books for young people, including Sula, Tar Baby, Beloved, A Mercy, The Book of Mean People and Sweetness.

    She has received numerous awards during her career, including the Pullitzer in 1988 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

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