24 August 2015

Author Spotlight: Toni Morrison

Name: Toni Morrison

About Author: Born in February 18, 1931, Toni Morrison has proven to be an exceptional novelist. Morrison transitioned from professor, editor, and finally writer. She began writing at Howard University as part of a group of writers and poets. Her success began with her debut novel Bluest Eye in 1970. With the success of later novels, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She has also been awarded the National Book Foundations Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Published Works:

  • Bluest Eye (1970)
  • Sula (1973)
  • Song of Solomon (1977)
  • Tar Baby (1981)
  • Beloved (1987)
  • Jazz (1992)
  • Paradise (1997)
  • Love (2003)
  • A Mercy (2008)
  • Home (2012)
  • God Help the Child (2015)
Recommendation: Although I've only read one Toni Morrison book, it was in that text that I discovered her ability to create vivid characters, thought provoking themes, beauty, and passion. Toni challenges her readers to think outside the box and face real life challenges. If you are intrigued by complex plot lines and true to life characters look no further than Ms. Morrison. 

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