LitBirthdays February 18

Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!

February 18


Toni Morrison (Chloe Ardelia Wofford) (b. 1931) – U.S. novelist, 1993 Literature Nobel Prize winner – Beloved

Read the excellent Authors Calendar biography of Toni Morrison

Read the MSBush bio of Toni Morrison

Meridian. The sound of it opens the windows of a room like the first four notes of a hymn. Few people can say the names of their home towns with such sly affection. Perhaps because they don’t have home towns, just places where they were born. But these girls soak up the juices of their home towns, and it never leaves them. They are thin brown girls who have looked long at hollyhocks in the backyards of Meridian, Mobile, Aiken, and Baton Rouge. And like hollyhocks they are narrow, tall, and still. Their roots are deep, their stalks are firm, and only the top blossom nods in the wind. They have the eyes of people who can tell what time it is by the color of the sky.

page 81, The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

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Watch a BBC documentary about Toni Morrison


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