TONI MORRISON

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Toni Morrison, is an American novelist, essayist, editor, and professor noted for her examination of the black experience within the black community. 

Morrison grew up in the American Midwest in a family that possessed an intense love of and appreciation for black culture. Storytelling, songs, and folktales were a deeply formative part of her childhood. 

Morrison’s first book, The Bluest Eye, 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 the dynamics of friendship and the expectations for conformity. Next was the critically acclaimed Beloved which won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is based on the true story of a runaway slave who, at the point of recapture, kills her infant daughter in order to spare her a life of slavery. The novel was adapted into a film, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998. 

 Her use of fantasy, her sinuous poetic style, and her rich interweaving of the mythic gave her stories great strength and texture, earning her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 and in 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities.

In 2010 Morrison was made an officer of the French Legion of Honour. Two years later she was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Obama.  In 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

So clearly, Toni Morrison is a BOSS ASS BITCH. 

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