Toni Morrison: A Biography

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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"Toni Morrison: A Biography" looks at the remarkable life of an essential American novelist, whose critically acclaimed, bestselling books offer lively, powerful depictions of black America.

"Toni Morrison" follows the life of the woman born Chloe Ardelia Wofford from her culturally rich childhood in Lorrain, OH, through her spectacular rise as a novelist, educator, and public intellectual. The book also serves as a basic introduction to the literary influences that shaped Morrison's writing, from the early novels to the breakout success of "Song of Solomon"; from the overwhelming achievement of "Beloved" to her most recent book, "A Mercy." The book also examines Morrison's other writing criticism, essays, edited volumes, children's books as well as her academic career, her work as an editor at Random House, and her political activism, most notably in the 2008 presidential campaign."

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Early Life and Family
1
Chapter 2 Education and Early Career
11
Chapter 3 Editing and Mentorship
21
Chapter 4 Early Literary Career
31
Photo Section
61
Chapter 5 Critical Recognition
61
Chapter 6 Later Novels
95
Chapter 7 Collaborations and Cultural Critiques
123
Selected Bibliography
143
Index
155
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About the author (2010)

Stephanie Li is assistant professor of English at University of Rochester.

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