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About the Author

Toni Morrison (given name Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born into a working-class family in Ohio in 1931. She is a novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. In 1970, Morrison debuted as a novelist with her work The Bluest Eye. She has since gone on to write eleven novels and countless other essays, nonfiction books, plays, children’s books, and even a libretto.

As a child, her parents instilled a sense of heritage in her and her siblings through the telling of stories taken from the African-American tradition, which later became an element in her own writings.

Among her many awards, Morrison won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in...

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