Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize-Winning Author

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Examines the life and work of the successful novelist, who became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

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Overview

Examines the life and work of the successful novelist, who became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Examines the life and work of the successful novelist, who became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

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VOYA - Lynne B. Hawkins
This readable biography of the first African American to win a Nobel Prize for literature sets Morrison's stories in the context of her life. Born in 1931, she grew up in Lorain, Ohio, the great-granddaughter of slaves. Hers was a family full of stories, who talked about their nighttime dreams with the same force and reality as their daytime lives. Morrison worked hard for her education, getting her bachelor of arts at Howard University and master's in English at Cornell University. She taught English at Howard, where involvement with a writers group forced her to produce her own writing. One of those stories became the novel The Bluest Eye (Holt, 1969) when Morrison, divorced and the mother of two sons, took an editing job with a publisher in Syracuse, N. Y. She filled her empty time with writing and submitted the book to a different publisher under her nickname and married name, Toni Morrison. She meant to have it published using her given name, Chloe Wofford, but forgot to tell her editor of her intentions. The excellent reviews the book received produced little income, but they meant that Toni Morrison was now primarily a writer. If teaching, editing, and reviewing had to be done to keep body and family together, writing had to be done for the soul. If a student reading biographies either for pleasure or an assignment chooses to read this one, he or she may be drawn to read one or more of the six novels Kramer synopsizes here. A flaw of this book in the African American Biographies series is that it is written for readers who might not be ready to read Morrison's works. Its strength is that it might give such readers a push to do so, or, at least, the thought that once they are adult readers (at whatever age), they will read Toni Morrison. Index. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P J (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 6-9-A brief, simply written introduction to Morrison's life and books. As Kramer delineates the importance the subject's family placed upon reading, storytelling, and music, as well as the acceptance of the supernatural in their lives, readers will understand the relationship between Morrison's experiences and her craft and see why her characters are such extraordinary people. The writer's works are concisely described, providing a stepping-stone for young readers to seek them out if they feel they are ready for them. This biography of an exceptional novelist will be satisfying and intelligible to readers beginning to appreciate literature and its creators. Average-quality black-and-white photographs appear throughout.-Susan F. Marcus, Pollard Middle School, Needham, MA
Kirkus Reviews
An extremely well-written and powerful entry in the African- American Biographies series about a young girl who became a writer and went on to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Morrison attributes much of her success to her family, who taught her "that how she felt about herself was not determined by other people." Kramer (Amy Tan, p. 746, etc.), in addition to presenting a summary of Morrison's life, explains the themes in all of Morrison's books and discusses Morrison's strengths as a writer: her poetic language, dialogue, and ability to write about villainous characters sympathetically. This book will inspire readers and allow them to see that focus, hard work, and discipline have given Morrison and her work a prominent perch in our literary heritage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894906886
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: African-American Biographies Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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