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An iconic African American author and a winner of Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Toni Morrison came from a black 

working-class family. She studied humanities at Howard and Cornell Universities and taught literature at Princeton University. Through her novels and other writings, including Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Paradise, and 

Love, she primarily represented African American experience.  Her captivating and poetic storytelling has enriched the 

field of literature worldwide forever.


"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." 

- Toni Morrison (Feb 18, 1931 - Aug 5, 2019)

Explore "Toni Morrison" in the CMU Libraries' Collections

Toni Morrison, Towering Novelist of the Black Experience, Dies at 88 - The New York Times, August 6, 2019

The Essential Toni Morrison Reader - The New York Times, August 6, 2019

The Toni Morrison Society