American novelistDied when: 88 years 168 days (1061 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford;February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), known as Toni Morrison, was an American novelist, essayist, book editor and college professor.
Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970.The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987); she gained worldwide recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B.A. in English.She earned a master's degree in American Literature from Cornell University in 1955.
In 1957 she returned to Howard University, was married, and had two children before divorcing in 1964.Morrison became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City in the late 1960s.
She developed her own reputation as an author in the 1970s and '80s.Her perhaps most celebrated work, Beloved, was made into a 1998 film.
Morrison's works are praised for addressing the harsh consequences of racism in the United States.The National Endowment for the Humanities selected Morrison for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities, in 1996.
She was honored with the National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters the same year.President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 29, 2012.
She received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2016.Morrison was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2020.