Toni Morrison

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.


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