Toni Morrison


Tribune News Service

Morrison’s work is known for its focus on the African American experience- specifically for women. Combined with her lyrical and powerful prose, Morrison weaves compelling tales centered around family, identity, and society. Throughout her career, Morrison has collected many accolades.

World renowned African American writer, editor, and professor Toni Morrison is praised for her literary work. After debuting as a writer in the 1970s, Morrison has won a myriad of awards. Some of the most well known awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 (for which she was the first African American woman to receive it). She has also received the Presidential Award for Freedom in 2012 from then President Barack Obama. Some of Morrison’s most famous novels are “Jazz,” “Beloved,” and “Song of Solomon.” Although some of her novels did not receive positive feedback when it first came out, now Morrison’s novel are treasured around the world. Morrison’s works are all stories of African American characters. Her most recent novel is “God Help the Child.” Toni Morrison is a pen name from the name of the main character of her first novel “The Bluest Eye.” Her birth name is Chloe Anthony Wofford. In addition, Morrison received education from Howard University and Cornell University, studying English. She was also an editor for the Random House and was a professor at Princeton University. Morrison once said: “If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”