Toni Morrison (1931-2019)
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American novelist
Quote: “Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.”
- Toni Morrison was born February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio. She was the second oldest of four children.
- Morrison lived in an integrated neighborhood as a child and didn’t become fully aware of racial division until she was a teenager. She graduated high school with honors.
- She attended Howard University where she majored in English and minored in the classics. After graduating there, she received her master’s degree from Cornell University
- Morrison published her first novel The Bluest Eye, in 1970, and her second novel, Sula, in 1973.
- She became a professor at Princeton University in 1989 and continued producing great works. In 1993 she received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- Her final book, God Help the Child, was published in 2015.
- Toni Morrison passed on August 5, 2019 at the age of 88.