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Toni Morrison

Awards:Pulitzer Prize for Fiction-1988, Nobel Prize in Literature-1993, Pearl Buck Award-1994

Born: 18/02/1931 in Loren, Ohio, USA

Citizen: USA

Language: English

Influence: Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy

Marriage: In 1958, she married Jamaican architect Harold Morrison but divorced him in 1964.

 Chloe Anthony Wofford, known as Toni Morrison is an acclaimed writer whose themes hover around black women and African-American social milieu. But her tone is not overtly feminist.

 She was born in a working class family and was 2nd among four children. She became a catholic at the age of 12.After school, she did her graduation in English from Howard University in 1953 and Master Degree from Cornell University in the same subject.

  After studies, she took up teaching assignments in Texas Southern University and Howard University. She married in 1958. The marriage did not last long and ended in divorce in 1964. Then, she moved to Syracuse, New York and worked as Editor of Random House, a publishing company and also taught in Yale University & Bard college.

Her writing activity started while studying in Howard when her first novel The Bluest Eye was published. This was followed by her second novel Sula which was nominated for National Book Award. Her third novel, Song of Solomon brought her to limelight. In 1987, her novel The Beloved was published and became an instant hit. After that, she has not looked back.

Notable Works: The Bluest Eye(1970) ; Sula(1974), Song of Solomon(1977); Beloved(1987) ;Jazz(1992);Paradise(1997) ; Love(2003); A Mercy(2008); Home(2012);

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