Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison


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

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James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Doris Lessing, Herman Melville


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: 3.87 · 635,718 ratings · 30,751 reviews · 75 distinct worksSimilar authors
Beloved

3.79 avg rating — 264,072 ratings — published 1987 — 168 editions
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The Bluest Eye

3.99 avg rating — 129,894 ratings — published 1970 — 106 editions
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Song of Solomon

4.02 avg rating — 69,621 ratings — published 1977 — 94 editions
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Sula

3.88 avg rating — 46,337 ratings — published 1973 — 73 editions
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Paradise (The Trilogy, #3)

3.78 avg rating — 20,060 ratings — published 1997 — 61 editions
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Jazz

3.79 avg rating — 18,349 ratings — published 1992 — 78 editions
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Tar Baby

3.91 avg rating — 15,400 ratings — published 1981 — 54 editions
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A Mercy

3.67 avg rating — 17,267 ratings — published 2008 — 65 editions
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God Help the Child

3.71 avg rating — 17,596 ratings — published 2014 — 53 editions
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Home

3.72 avg rating — 14,601 ratings — published 2011 — 62 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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