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Morrison, Toni

  • By: Andrea O'Reilly
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931) is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, editor, and professor. She was the first African American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature (1993). Morrison is the author of nine novels: The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), Paradise (1999), Love (2003), A Mercy (2008), and the short story “Recitatif” (1983). She has also authored several non-fiction works, including, The Black Book (1974), Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (1992), Raceing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality (1992), Birth of a Nationhood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson ...

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