Happy 84th Birthday Toni Morrison!

Toni Morrison, Chloe Ardelia Wofford

Today we celebrate the 84th birthday of Chloe Ardelia Wofford, better known as Toni Morrison. She was born on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio. She was married to the late Harold Morrison and is the mother of Slade (her youngest son who died of pancreatic cancer in 2010 and who was also a writer) and Harold Ford Morrison. She is an American Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor. She is also a Nobel laureate who is well-known for her novels Beloved, Song of Solomon, Sula, The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby and numerous others. Morrison is the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Toni Morrison is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the American Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work. She is completing work on her upcoming book, “God Save the Child,” about a dark-skinned African-American woman who calls herself Bride. Ms. Morrison is a great storyteller, although her novels expose the frank treatment of violence, race and sexuality, which are often the targets of censors. I enjoyed reading Beloved, although some of the twists and turns were a little confusing at certain segments, but Song of Solomon and Sula are near the top of my list. If you are a Toni Morrison fan, what is your favorite novel by the author?

Happy 84th Birthday Toni (Chloe Ardelia Wofford) Morrison!


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