eSpotlight - Toni Morrison

author Toni Morrison speaking at a podiumA Legend has Passed

The world mourns the passing of Toni Morrison last night. Morrison is best known as the author of 11 novels, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, and the first African-American woman to win the Novel Prize for Literature (among many other awards, medals, and distinguished honors).

Morrison, an incredible inspiration for authors throughout her lifetime, was instrumental in opening literature to diverse points of view and gave authors the bravery to write stories about the lives of people largely ignored by major publishers at the time. Morrison revolutionized approaches to writing about race and inequality, as well as literary techniques and storytelling.

If you have not had the opportunity to read her stories, or finish her catalog of amazing work, you can find them as eBooks available at the San José Public Library, along with information about her life and contributions to literature and history.

Selected Novels

Cover of the novel "Beloved" by Toni MorrisonThe cover of The Bluest Eye by Toni MorrisonCover of Song of Solomon by Toni Morrisoncover of Home

An Extraordinary Life: Selected Biographies & Literary Criticism

Cover of Critical Insights: Toni MorrisonCover of Toni Morrison: Forty Years in the ClearingCover of "Toni Morrison's Fiction"Cover of "Toni Morrison for Beginners"

More Information

Read selected articles and reviews and access photographs, audio files, and videos about Toni Morrison by accessing our Gale eResource Biography in Context. You can access this eResource at home with your San José Public Library card and PIN.

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