Toni Morrison


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

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James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Doris Lessing, Herman Melville


Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is 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: 3.87 · 656,650 ratings · 32,088 reviews · 175 distinct worksSimilar authors
Beloved

3.80 avg rating — 272,468 ratings — published 1987 — 176 editions
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The Bluest Eye

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 133,463 ratings — published 1970 — 109 editions
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Song of Solomon

4.03 avg rating — 72,161 ratings — published 1977 — 97 editions
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Sula

3.89 avg rating — 48,379 ratings — published 1973 — 73 editions
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Paradise

3.78 avg rating — 20,402 ratings — published 1997 — 63 editions
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Jazz

3.79 avg rating — 18,998 ratings — published 1992 — 80 editions
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A Mercy

3.67 avg rating — 17,760 ratings — published 2008 — 67 editions
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Tar Baby

3.92 avg rating — 15,681 ratings — published 1981 — 56 editions
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God Help the Child

3.71 avg rating — 18,465 ratings — published 2014 — 55 editions
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Home

3.73 avg rating — 15,102 ratings — published 2011 — 21 editions
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May 2015, Toni Morrison
"The celebrated author of Beloved talks about her latest novel, the taut and unflinching God Help the Child, the business of color in modern America, and why she has to write." ...More

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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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