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.


Average rating: 3.91 · 733,180 ratings · 38,584 reviews · 177 distinct worksSimilar authors
Beloved

3.83 avg rating — 299,914 ratings — published 1987 — 203 editions
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The Bluest Eye

4.03 avg rating — 150,889 ratings — published 1970 — 131 editions
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Song of Solomon

4.06 avg rating — 79,527 ratings — published 1977 — 113 editions
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Sula

3.93 avg rating — 55,555 ratings — published 1973 — 79 editions
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Paradise

3.80 avg rating — 21,957 ratings — published 1997 — 65 editions
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Jazz

3.81 avg rating — 21,234 ratings — published 1992 — 89 editions
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A Mercy

3.70 avg rating — 19,665 ratings — published 2008 — 71 editions
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Tar Baby

3.93 avg rating — 16,743 ratings — published 1981 — 56 editions
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God Help the Child

3.74 avg rating — 21,634 ratings — published 2014 — 65 editions
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Home

3.76 avg rating — 17,262 ratings — published 2011 — 9 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

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March 2016 New School Group Read

1950, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 182 pages
 
  27 votes, 13.2%

1987, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, 296 pages
 
  25 votes, 12.3%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.8%

1965, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.8%

 
  15 votes, 7.4%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.9%

1963, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, 179 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.9%

1928, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 228 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.4%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.4%

 
  9 votes, 4.4%

 
  9 votes, 4.4%

1919, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, 240 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.9%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.9%

1958, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass, 567 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.5%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.0%

 
  2 votes, 1.0%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.0%

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