Critical Companion to Toni Morrison: A Literary Reference to Her Life and Work

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Toni Morrison, recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993, is one of the most popular American writers studied in college and high school English courses. Her novels, including Sula, Song of Solomon, Beloved, and Paradise, have won almost every major award for which they have been eligible. In addition, Morrison's influence as a critic, book editor, and mentor to other writers has been profound. Critical Companion to Toni Morrison examines Morrison's life and writing, featuring critical analyses of her works and extensive entries on related topics and relevant people, places, and influences. This accessible volume also provides crucial historical and thematic information, in addition to illustrations, bibliographies, and cross-references.

Coverage includes: A concise but thorough biography of Morrison, Entries on Morrison's major works, including novels, children's works, and shorter pieces, with characters included as subentries, Related people, places, and topics, including friends and literary influences, themes and symbols, and more, Appendixes, including a chronology, a bibliography of Morrison's works, and a bibliography of secondary sources.

About the Author:
Carmen Gillespie holds a Ph.D. from Emory University and is an associate professor of English at the University of Toledo

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Beginning with a biography of the 1993 winner of the Nobel prize in literature, Gillespie (English, Univ. of Toledo) examines Morrison's novels, short stories, children's books, and nonfiction. There are also entries on related topics like abolition and relevant people, places, and influences.

—Ann Burns
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816062768
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Critical Companion Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,510,100
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Biography     1
Works A to Z     15
Novels and Short Fiction     17
Beloved     19
Bluest Eye, The     46
Jazz     71
Love     92
Paradise     130
"Recitatif"     161
Song of Solomon     164
Sula     189
Tar Baby     208
Children's Books     229
Nonfiction Books     235
Major Essays, Interviews, and Speeches     241
Cinematic, Theatrical, Musical, Poetic, and Dance Productions     253
Related People, Places, and Topics     261
Appendices     411
Chronology of Toni Morrison's Life     413
Chronologies of Individual Novels     420
Selected Bibliography of Toni Morrison's Works     438
Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources     440
Index     469
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