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The Dancing Mind: Speech upon Acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished C ontribution to American Letters

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On the occasion of her acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters on the sixth of November, 1996, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison speaks with brevity and passion to the pleasures, the difficulties, the necessities, of the reading/writing life in our time.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published December 24th 1996 by Knopf
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Roger DeBlanck
In this speech published in a slender book form, Morrison examines how the peace gained from the reading/writing world is in peril. She describes our world as a “busied-up, education-as-horse-race, trophy-driven culture” that inherently threatens the mind’s natural ability to engage in precious, self-fulfilling solitude. In many restrictive countries around the world, Morrison also explains, that under equal peril is the liberty to create and share “unpoliced narrative.” She provides an anecdote ...more
Aberjhani
the fact that the first african-american to win the nobel prize for literature is reading this amzazing work on the pleasures of intellectual stimulation and growth through reading is really the only qualification it needs to command the highest recommendations. nevertheless, by moving beyond the sense of awe that toni morrison tends to inspire just by being toni morrison, one is able to delve into the wonders of her own dancing mind as revealed in this thrilling audio book.[return:][return:]abe ...more
Fred Anderson
Brilliant. Small but huge meditation on the writer and conscience. Seventeen pages of enlightenment. Toni Morrison's speech upon acceptance of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters,1996.
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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 k
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