It is often said that – “The pen is mightier than the sword.” This is shown with the fact that a novelist might die; however, they live ever through their books and writings. Novelists and writers would probably come and go. Out of these, some come with an impactful vision and leave their presence being felt forever. One of such visionary and novelist recently lost was the iconic 88-year old, Toni Morrison.
About Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison was a prolific author of American origin. To provide a brief background on Toni, she was born in an integrated community in Ohio on February 18, 1931. She was an enthusiastic reader that spent most of her time reading European classics along with studying Latin at the same time. Her notable performance and knack for literature reflected in her grades. Due to her remarkable performance and grades, she went to study at Howard University, and her major was English. She chose classics as her minor subject. Post completing her graduation she went on to complete her Master’s Degree from the Cornell University.
Toni Morrison work ( African-American life and culture)
Her work was mainly focused on African American life and culture. The actual depictions of the black life have always been limited and even for that matter having stereotype rooting. Her work has caused her to dominate this sector completely.
She wrote her first book, The Bluest Eye, which was published in 1970 even though she did not receive much fame and success with this novel. It was only after her second book, Song of Solomon published in 1977 that she started gaining recognition for her work.
Prizes and Honors
Post she has received innumerable accolades for her work including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction that also went on to making her a household name. In 2006, The New York Times Book Review selected her novel, Beloved as the best novel in the past twenty-five years. In 1993, she also received her Nobel Prize in Literature.
Through her extensive vision and writings, Morrison’s has lead to the resonance of black humanity around the globe. May her gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.