Friday, February 18, 2022

Feb. 18: Toni Morrison, American novelist


Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was an American novelist whose book about a haunted home, Beloved, won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize; a few years later she won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her books address the harsh consequences of racism in the U.S.; Song of Solomon, about the life of an African-American man in Michigan; The Bluest Eye, about the aspirations of an "ugly" black girl to have blue eyes--thus becoming "white"--in 1941; and eight more. Highly decorated, including receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, she also wrote children's books, short fiction, plays, poetry, and non-fiction.


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