"...who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."
-- The Nobel Foundation
In 1993, Toni Morrison became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Well before that, people were taking notice of her work. She has also won the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award and a Pulitzer Prize. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Morrison to the National Council on the Arts. She currently writes (her latest book, "Paradise," was published in 1998) and serves as the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of Humanities at Princeton University.
Sites to See
Anniina's Toni Morrison Page
A wonderful place to start any search for Toni Morrison information online. It contains an overview of each of her books from Amazon.com and links to additional resources, reviews and essays. The site also links out to biographies, bibliographies and interviews.
Nobel Prize Web Site "As the motivation for the award implies, Toni Morrison is a literary artist of the first rank," the Nobel Foundation says in their recognition of her work. "She delves into the language itself, a language she wants to liberate from the fetters of race. And she addresses us with the lustre of poetry." Check out Morrison's acceptance speech.
Women's History: Toni Morrison.
This site has collected links to interviews, articles and essays about Morrison. You'll also find synopses of each of her books, comments from students and teachers, and links to essays, articles and discussions.