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Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, Home, and God Help the Child. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the Edward MacDowell Medal for her outstanding contribution to American culture in 2016, and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2016. She also co-wrote children's books with her son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge. Toni Morrison passed away on August 5, 2019 at the age of 88, after a short illness. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Beloved 20,158 copies, 377 reviews
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Song of Solomon 9,570 copies, 109 reviews
Sula 6,753 copies, 83 reviews
Jazz 4,452 copies, 60 reviews
Paradise 4,281 copies, 44 reviews
A Mercy 3,133 copies, 137 reviews
Tar Baby 2,580 copies, 35 reviews
Love 2,138 copies, 32 reviews
Home 1,330 copies, 69 reviews
God Help the Child 1,062 copies, 65 reviews
Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence… (Editor, introduction; Introduction) 277 copies, 1 review
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The origin of others 268 copies, 8 reviews
Peeny Butter Fudge 166 copies, 5 reviews
Recitatif (Author) 123 copies, 8 reviews
Song of Solomon / Tar Baby / Sula 111 copies, 2 reviews
The Book of Mean People 97 copies, 5 reviews
Please, Louise 72 copies, 8 reviews
Little Cloud and Lady Wind 60 copies, 4 reviews
The Tortoise or the Hare? (Who's Got Game?) (Author) 56 copies, 4 reviews
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Who's Got Game? Omnibus (1-3) 15 copies, 1 review
Sweetness 6 copies, 1 review
En Mavi Goz 2 copies
Romanzi 1 copy
2000 1 copy
2007 1 copy
The Radiance of the King (Introduction, some editions) 296 copies, 5 reviews
Leaving Home: Stories (Contributor) 106 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (Contributor) 106 copies
Little (Preface) 92 copies, 3 reviews
Black Women Writers at Work (Contributor) 61 copies, 1 review
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Nobel Writers on Writing (Contributor) 14 copies
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Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), known as Toni Morrison, was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987); she gained worldwide recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B.A. in English. In 1955, she earned a master's in American Literature from Cornell University. In 1957 she returned to Howard University, was married, and had two children before divorcing in 1964. In the late 1960s, she became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City. In the 1970s and 1980s, she developed her own reputation as an author, and her perhaps most celebrated work, Beloved, was made into a 1998 film.

In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. Also that year, she was honored with the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.
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