Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison

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born
in Lorain, Ohio, The United States
February 18, 1931

gender
female

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influences
James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Doris Lessing, Herman Melville


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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best known are her novels The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. In 2001 she was named one of "The 30 Most Powerful Women in America" by Ladies' Home Journal.



Average rating: 3.81 · 453,103 ratings · 19,522 reviews · 45 distinct works · Similar authors
Beloved
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 193,660 ratings — published 1987 — 136 editions
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The Bluest Eye
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 98,582 ratings — published 1970 — 88 editions
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Song of Solomon
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 48,065 ratings — published 1977 — 80 editions
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Sula
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 32,110 ratings — published 1973 — 69 editions
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Paradise (Toni Morrison Tri...
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 15,967 ratings — published 1988 — 45 editions
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Tar Baby
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 12,107 ratings — published 1981 — 41 editions
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A Mercy
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 12,903 ratings — published 2008 — 57 editions
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Jazz (Toni Morrison Trilogy...
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 13,124 ratings — published 1992 — 54 editions
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Home
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 10,031 ratings — published 2011 — 65 editions
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Love
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 6,057 ratings — published 2002 — 55 editions
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May 2015, Toni Morrison
"The celebrated author of Beloved talks about her latest novel, the taut and unflinching God Help the Child, the business of color in modern America, and why she has to write." ...More

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“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
Toni Morrison

“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
Toni Morrison, Beloved

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