Toni Morrison


Born: 18 February 1931
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Best known as: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Beloved

Name at birth: Chloe Anthony Wofford

Toni Morrison is a literary giant of the 1980s and 1990s, and all the more famous for being both a woman and an African-American. Her book Beloved won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize; in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her other novels include Song of Solomon (1977); Jazz (1992); Paradise (1997) Love (2003); A Mercy (2008); Home (2012); and God Help the Child (2015). Morrison was named the Goheen Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University in 1987.

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