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Toni Morrisons: Beloved Essay

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Chloe Anthony Wofford, also and commonly know as Toni Morrison, was born on February 18th,1931 in Loraine, Ohio. Morrison is the second of four children, to George Wofford, a shipyard worker and Ramah Willis Wofford,a choir singer. Morrison's father worked three jobs in order to provide the best for his family. Mr. And Mrs. Wofford believed it would be a wonderful opportunity for their family to move North to escape racial inequalities, although their southern- African heritage would still remain.
As a child, Morrison grew up in a fairly integrated neighborhood and was not fully amply of the racial inequalities taking place. "When I was in the first grade, nobody thought I was inferior. i was the only black in class and the only child that could read." Morrison had many friends of other races, and was not exposed to discrimination until her teenage years when she started dating. Mr. Wofford was a well known racist after being told stories about white adults during his ...view middle of the document...

In 1953, Morrison graduated with a B.A in English and went on to receive her master's degree at Cornell College in 1955. After graduating at Cornell, Morrison taught Introductory English at Texas Southern University,where she was introduced to the black culture in a different perspective then how she was raised at home.
Morrison returned to Howard University in 1957 as a faculty member where she met Harold Morrison, a architect from Jamaica whom she married in 1958. During her time back at Howard she participated in various Civil Rights festivities as well as meeting other Civil Rights activists. In 1961, Morrison had her first son Harold Ford and joined a small writer's group shortly after to escape the unhappiness of her marriage. Morrison's husband moved back to Jamaica and she moved to Syracuse while pregnant with their second child soon to file for divorce. In 1964, Morrison obtained a job with a textbook company in Syracuse as an associate editor while her two sons were under the care of a housekeeper during the daytime. During the night Morrison continued to write on a story that she used for the writer's group and turned it into a novel called The Bluest Eye.
Morrison soon realized that writing was one of the few things that excited her and was still in fact challenging at the same time. In 1967, she became a senior editor at Random House where she reviewed novels written by Muhammad Ali, Andrew Young and Angela Davis. While working as senior editor, Morrison sent novels of her own to publisher's to get her work noticed. The Bluest Eye was Morrison's first published novel in 1970 following Sula, Song of Soloman, Tar Baby, and Beloved. Morrison was the first black women to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 1987, Beloved was published and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988. Beloved is an African-American novel about an individual's experiences being a slave and how detrimental it can be to one's psychological state when trying to move forward.

Works Cited

http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/morrison/morrison_toni-bio.html
http://www.gradesaver.com/author/toni-morrison/
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1993/morrison-bio.html

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