Toni Morrison Biography


Type: Novelist, writer

Born: February 18, 1931


Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for "Beloved". "Beloved" was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. She was also honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Morrison was commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. On May 29, 2012, Morrison received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Selected works:


  • The Bluest Eye. 1970. ISBN 0-452-28706-5.
  • Sula. 1973. ISBN 1-4000-3343-8.
  • Song of Solomon. 1977. ISBN 1-4000-3342-X.
  • Tar Baby. 1981. ISBN 1-4000-3344-6.
  • Beloved. 1987. ISBN 1-4000-3341-1.
  • Jazz. 1992. ISBN 1-4000-7621-8.
  • Paradise. 1997. ISBN 0-679-43374-0.
  • Love. 2003. ISBN 0-375-40944-0.
  • A Mercy. 2008. ISBN 978-0-307-26423-7.
  • Home. 2012. ISBN 0307594165.
  • God Help the Child. 2015. ISBN 0307594173.
  • Children's literature (with Slade Morrison)
  • The Big Box (1999)
  • The Book of Mean People (2002)
  • Peeny Butter Fudge (2009)
  • Short fiction
  • Recitatif" (1983)

Toni Morrison Quotes

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.

Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another-physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.

Writing is really a way of thinking-not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.

I get angry about things, then go on and work.

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