Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate, has died at the age of 88


The Swedish Academy welcomed “her visionary force”.

Toni Morrison (b. 1931) was one of the best known and most appreciated English-language writers of the moment, his novels combining strongly realistic elements and mythical notes.

He received the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel “Song of Solomon” (1977). Her novel “Beloved”, in which a mother chooses to kill her baby to save a slave girl, won the Pulitzer Prize at the fiction section in 1988.

The theme of her prose, therefore, relates to the history of injustices that this community endured, slavery being the most violent of them, of racial conflicts, but also of class or gender, of the aggressions, concrete or symbolic, to which society and norms they rigidly exposed African-American minorities.

Her books, in which the vindictive pathos are doubled by a huge talent of storytellers, are translated, read and commented all over the world, and the use of fantasy, mythological richness, as well as the very inspired use of empathy, has transformed it into a very beloved writer. Anyone who felt excluded, unfulfilled, unrighteous, rebellious, angry or hurt found Toni Morrison’s novels comforting, hopeful, and her fiction continued to inspire and provide a necessary and powerful example.

On her real name Chloe Anthony Wofford, Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, to a family that cherished the cultural heritage of the African-American community, local literature, arts, and traditions. Toni Morrison studied at Howard University and continued her studies at Cornell University, where she attended master’s courses. Following years he taught at two universities, then worked as a fiction editor at Random House. Her last tenure was at Princeton University, where she taught creative writing until 2006.


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