Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931) is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She also was commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. She won the Nobel Prize in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved. On 29 May 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, to Ramah (née Willis) and George Wofford. She is the second of four children in a working-class family. As a child, ... more »

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  • ''All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Grace Notes, Epigram, section 1, by Rita Dove (1989).
  • ''Women's rights is not only an abstraction, a cause; it is also a personal affair. It is not only about "us"; it is also about me and you. Just the two of us.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 42 (September 1979). From a May 1979 commence...
  • ''New York is the last true city.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931) U.S. (New York) novelist and essayist. As quoted in New York, p. 72 (December 21-28, 1992).
  • ''What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American novelist and essayist. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 74 (September 11, 1994).
  • ''Bit by bit ... she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.''
    Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American novelist and essayist. Beloved, part 1 (1987). Of the heroine, Sethe, twenty-eight days after she had es...
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