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Women Nobel Prize Winners for Literature

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Toni Morrison (1993)


Toni Morrison is an American writer. Her fiction is noted for its poetic language, lush detail, emotional intensity, and sensitive observation of American life as viewed from a variety of African-American perspectives. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), is the story of a girl ruined by a racist society and its violence. Song of Solomon (1977; National Book Award) established her as one of America's leading novelists. It concerns a middle-class man who achieves self-knowledge through the discovery of his rural black heritage. Her later fiction includes Beloved (1987; Pulitzer Prize), a powerful account of mother love, murder, and the legacy of slavery.

Fun Fact: Morrison was the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Source: Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

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