Nobel prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison is one of the most prominent authors in world literature. Born Chloe Anthony Wofford, she was raised in Lorain – a city west of Cleveland – by former Alabama sharecroppers. George and Ramah Wofford shared inspirational and folkloric stories of black history with Morrison and her siblings. No doubt influenced by these memories, her epic fiction powerfully evokes the legacies of slavery and discrimination.
Morrison’s most widely read novel is Beloved (1987), which won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted for a TV movie series. In 1993 she became the 11th American writer to win the Nobel Prize. From her first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970) to her most recent novel, Love (2003), Morrison has gained the attention of critics and mainstream readers for her compelling dialogue and richly-expressive depictions of black America.