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Toni Morrison

Writer
Date Of Birth:
18 February 1931
Date Of Death:
5 August 2019
Place Of Birth:
Lorain, Ohio

Name at birth: Chloe Anthony Wofford

Toni Morrison was a literary giant who became world famous in the 1980s and 1990s, all the more famous for being both a woman and an African-American. Her book Beloved won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize; in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She grew up in Ohio and began her career as an editor in 1964. In her spare time she began writing her own stories, and was first published in 1970. Morrison's novel Beloved was a bestselling book that was made into a 1998 movie produced by Oprah Winfrey (who also starred). Her other novels include Song of Solomon (1977); Jazz (1992); Paradise (1997) Love (2003); A Mercy (2008); Home (2012); and God Help the Child (2015). Morrison was named the Goheen Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University in 1987.