Toni Morrison, one of the most renowned black writers from the United States of America with numerous honors to her credit such as the Nobel Prize for literature, a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, is widely recognized as one of the most significant novelists of the twentieth century. Her novels are therefore taught widely world-wide in Literature, History, Women Studies and African American Studies programs. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, published in 1970 told the story of a young African-American girl who believes her incredibly difficult life would be bettered if only she had blue eyes. She has continued to explore the African-American experience in its many forms and periods in such works as Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977 which sold 3 million copies and was on the New York Times best seller list for 16 weeks and re-emerged on the best seller list in 1996 when it was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for inclusion in Oprah’s Book Club and her fifth novel Beloved (1987), about the legacy of slavery, thus developing a strong following among both readers and critics who fell for her lyrical style, sharp observations, and vibrant… Read full this story
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