At the age of 88, one of the America’s greatest writers, Toni Morrison breathed her last on 5 th August
2019. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was a novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and a professor emeritus at
Princeton University. Besides just that, she was also phenomenal and empathetic as a writer and a
human being; she did what was thought to be unbelievable before her, by bringing out the real stories
of the sufferings of black people through her novels, she wrote about the horrors of racism and slavery
in American history.
She was black and a woman, thus back then it became out of the box for her to become an
extraordinary story teller out in the open. She is one of the most influential writer as well as an editor.
The remarkable Author Toni Morrison, aka Chloe Ardelia Wofford was born on 18 th February 1931 in
Lorain, Ohio, to Ramah (née Willis) and George Wofford.
She encountered racially segregated restaurants and buses for the first time in Washington, D.C., when
she was enrolled at the historically black Howard University. She graduated in 1953 with a B.A. in
English. She earned a Master of Art from Cornell University in 1955.
She married Harold Morrison during the time she was teaching English at Howard University later and
they had two children. She got divorced in 1964.
In the late 1960s, Morrison became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York
In the 1970s and 1980s, she developed her reputation as an author with her novels such as The Bluest
Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby. While Morrison’s critically acclaimed Song of Solomon brought her
national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, her critical success and bestseller
Beloved is perhaps Morrison’s most celebrated novel. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the
American Book Award for Beloved.
It was in 1993 that she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
President Barack Obama awards the the Presidential Medal of Freedom to author Toni Morrison during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington on May 29, 2012.
Toni Morrison was and is an inspiration not only to young African-American aspiring writers but also to
the writers around the world and not just the female(s).
Her work of both fictions and nonfictions made the world understand the reality and dangers of racism.
Morrison’s contribution to the literature, her impeccable vision and the huge impact she has on people’s
lives through her work and humanity will surely live on forever and that is her legacy.