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Toni Morrison: A Biography of a Nobel Prize-Winning Writer
     

Toni Morrison: A Biography of a Nobel Prize-Winning Writer

by Barbara Kramer
 

In October 1993, Toni Morrison became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such notable works as Beloved: A Novel, Sony of Solomon, Sula, and Jazz Morrison expresses the beauty of African-American history cultural beliefs, and folklore in her writing. She has taught a several universities, as well as being the author of

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In October 1993, Toni Morrison became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such notable works as Beloved: A Novel, Sony of Solomon, Sula, and Jazz Morrison expresses the beauty of African-American history cultural beliefs, and folklore in her writing. She has taught a several universities, as well as being the author of novel, short stories, essays and a play.

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VOYA - Margaret Capobianco
This new "African-American Icons" series of African-Amercian reference books selects a distinct group of high-profile personalities about which to provide biographical information. Each volume is written by a different author (with the exception of Michael Schulman) and is perfect for middle school students looking to expand their knowledge of famous and current African-American personalities. Each volume details the struggles and obstacles the person overcame to become an immensely successful star in their own right. For example, Toni Morrison was a single mother to two young children but was determined to be independent, making her a wonderful role model for young adults. Oprah Winfrey grew up impoverished but became a television reporter at age nineteen. The theme that resonated with each biography is the sheer force of determination and hard work each individual demonstrated to make sure their dreams came true. The series will make a great addition to a public or school library. It is resourceful and informative. Pictures would have been helpful in these volumes, as children and young adults use them in reports, and pictures add interest to a biography. Each book does contain, however, a very useful chronology of important events which young readers will enjoy. (African-American Icons) Reviewer: Margaret Capobianco
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Presented in an easy-to-read format, these books will appeal to reluctant readers or teens who are just trying to fulfill an assignment. The well-known literary figures have interesting life stories. For example, Morrison tells about the trials and triumphs that affected the woman's daily life and ultimately her decision to write. Likewise, Myers had a nontraditional upbringing that has greatly influenced his work. He has fought against criticism and even censorship of several of his books. Staying true to himself has earned him several awards and recognition in the literary world. Angelou has many accomplishments, from working with Martin Luther King, Jr., in his fight for civil rights to composing and reading a poem for President Clinton's inauguration. These individuals have in common their struggle for a better life; whether they came from humble beginnings or not, they triumphed through hard times and have influenced many people around them. Unfortunately, the lack of photographs or any illustrative material to break up the texts is a real drawback. Also, while the publisher touts these as new titles, Jordan's and Kramer's books were originally published in the 1990s and while a few updates have been made, the presentations seem a bit dated.—Carol Hirsche, Provo City Library, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766039896
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
African-American Icons Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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