Toni Morrison

| May 5, 2014


Full Name Chloe Anthony Wofford
Place of Birth Lorain, Ohio
Occupation Writer
Birth Date February 18, 1931
Education Howard University & Cornell University
Degree Bachelor’s (Howard) & Master’s (Cornell)
Graduation Year 1953

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor and professor. Her novels include The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. Morrison has won nearly every book prize possible and has also been awarded honorary degrees.

Toni Morrison entered Howard University in 1949 where she majored in English, and chose the classics for her minor. She received a B.A. in English in 1953. In 1957, Morrison returned to Howard University to teach English. During her time as a professor at Howard University, Toni Morrison joined a writers group that met on campus and began working on her first novel. In her work, Morrison explores the African-American experience in its many forms and time periods. Morrison became a professor at Princeton University in 1989, and continued to produce great works. In recognition of her contributions to her field, she received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, making her the first African-American woman to be selected for the award.

Recently, Toni Morrison published her latest novel, Home, in 2012. She once again explores a period of American history—this time the post-Korean War era. In addition to Home, in 2012 Morrison also worked with opera director Peter Sellars and songwriter Rokia Traoré on a new production inspired by William Shakespeare’s Othello. The trio focused on the relationship between Othello’s wife Desdemona and her African nurse, Barbary, in Desdemona, which premiered in London in the summer of 2012.

Toni Morrison. The Biography Channel website. 2014. Available at: Accessed Apr 07, 2014.

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