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Toni Morrison



Toni Morrison (1931–2019) was an American professor, editor, and novelist celebrated for her achievements in highlighting racism in America. She was both a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winner and inspired generations of Black writers. After her passing, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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The Origin of Others

America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging.

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Song of Solomon: A Novel

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly.

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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination

Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison brings the genius of a master writer to this personal inquiry into the significance of African-Americans in the American literary imagination.

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Toni Morrison Beautifully Answers an "Illegitimate" Question on Race (Jan. 19, 1998) - Charlie Rose

In 1998, Charlie asked Toni Morrison about a question a journalist had once posed to her: "Can you imagine writing a novel not centered around race?" This is her amazing response.

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God Help the Child: A Novel

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.

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Toni Morrison on Language, Evil and ‘the White Gaze’

Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, returned to Cornell March 7, 2013, for a conversation about literature, politics and, especially, language.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

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The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom

This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction--from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard--to tell a story of self-actualization.

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Toni Morrison, What Racism Is

Toni Morrison speaks on racism.

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