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Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is an American author and professor. She was born Chloe Wofford in 1931 in Ohio, the second child in a black, working class family, and began reading avidly from a young age, favoring authors like Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy. The child's keen interest in storytelling also prompted her father to recount fairytales and folklore from the black community, which would influence Morrison′s own writing.

After receiving her BA in English at Howard University (it was here she changed her name from Chloe to Toni), Morrison went to Cornell University to complete her MA, again in English. Her thesis explored themes of suicide in the works of William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf. Morrison returned to Howard, this time as an English professor. It was there she began writing fiction, including a story about a black girl who yearned for blue eyes. The story was the basis for her 1970 novel The Bluest Eye.



Toni Morrison




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In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman, and then from a handsome free blacksmith--in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America, by a Nobel Prize-winning author. A best-selling New York Times Book of the Year.

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