Toni Morrison


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

Died
August 05, 2019

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James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Doris Lessing, Herman Melville


Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) was 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.

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Average rating: 3.95 · 864,218 ratings · 49,006 reviews · 148 distinct worksSimilar authors
Beloved

3.88 avg rating — 342,960 ratings — published 1987 — 227 editions
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The Bluest Eye

4.08 avg rating — 186,887 ratings — published 1970 — 140 editions
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Song of Solomon

4.09 avg rating — 90,747 ratings — published 1977 — 124 editions
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Sula

3.95 avg rating — 71,523 ratings — published 1973 — 34 editions
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Paradise

3.82 avg rating — 23,711 ratings — published 1997 — 69 editions
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A Mercy

3.69 avg rating — 24,832 ratings — published 2008 — 75 editions
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Jazz

3.84 avg rating — 24,354 ratings — published 1992 — 92 editions
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God Help the Child

3.76 avg rating — 25,010 ratings — published 2015 — 68 editions
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Tar Baby

3.95 avg rating — 18,323 ratings — published 1981 — 61 editions
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Home

3.79 avg rating — 19,729 ratings — published 2012 — 71 editions
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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

Polls

February 2017 New School Classic Poll

Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pgs, 1987
 
  49 votes, 18.7%

 
  49 votes, 18.7%

 
  31 votes, 11.8%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 468 pgs, 1934
 
  25 votes, 9.5%

 
  20 votes, 7.6%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  16 votes, 6.1%

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 355 pgs, 1961
 
  15 votes, 5.7%

 
  12 votes, 4.6%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pgs, 1940
 
  11 votes, 4.2%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  9 votes, 3.4%

 
  8 votes, 3.1%

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 174 pgs, 1944
 
  7 votes, 2.7%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  7 votes, 2.7%

Centennial by James A. Michener, 1056 pgs, 1974
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

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