Day 20 of our 28 day celebration of black female writers.
Toni Morrison (1931-) Ms. Morrison is well known and well respected writer of literature that often depicts the black female experience. Her books have also been included in many school curricula starting in middle school throughout post-grad.
Morrison’s first book, The Bluest Eye (1970), is a novel of initiation concerning a victimized adolescent black girl who is obsessed by white standards of beauty and longs to have blue eyes. In 1973 a second novel, Sula, was published; it examines (among other issues) the dynamics of friendship and the expectations for conformity within the community. Song of Solomon (1977) is told by a male narrator in search of his identity; its publication brought Morrison to national attention. Tar Baby (1981), set on a Caribbean island, explores conflicts of race, class, and sex. Beloved (story of an enslaved woman) and Jazz (written about the Harlem, NY experience) are also well known books written by Ms. Morrison.
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