Toni Morrison

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"Toni Morrison is the 1993 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, a Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, editor and professor. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970 when she was working as an editor at Random House. Other acclaimed works include Song of Solomon, Sula, Jazz, Tar Baby, Paradise, Love and A Mercy. In May 2006, The New York Times named her novel Beloved the best American novel published in the previous twenty-five years. Morrison earned her B.A. in English from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University. Her many distinctions include honorary Doctors of Letters degrees from Oxford University in 2005 and Rutgers University in 2011, the Commander of the Arts and Letters (Paris) in 1993, the National Book Foundation’s Medial of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1996, the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 1979, and guest curator status at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2006. She held the Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Humanities at Princeton University from 1989 to 2006, was an Albert Schweitzer Chair at the University of Albany, The State University of New York and taught at Texas Southern University as well as Howard University." [1]


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  1. Advancing Human Rights People, organizational web page, accessed June 16, 2012.