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Morrison, Toni

Overview
Works: 2,041 works in 6,753 publications in 33 languages and 270,556 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Novels  History  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Romance fiction  Pictorial works 
Subject Headings:
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Librettist, Performer, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist, Dedicatee, Contributor, Composer
Classifications: PS3563.O8749, 813.54
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Beloved by Toni Morrison( Book )

495 editions published between 1986 and 2020 in 24 languages and held by 13,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future
The bluest eye by Toni Morrison( Book )

350 editions published between 1970 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 10,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl in an America whose love for blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, prays for her eyes to turn blue, so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different. The story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, the tragic heroine of Toni Morrison's haunting first novel, grew out of her memory of a girlhood friend who wanted blue eyes. Shunned by the town's prosperous black families, as well as its white families, Pecola lives with her alcoholic father and embittered, overworked mother in a shabby two-room storefront that reeks of the hopeless destitution that overwhelms their lives. In awe of her clean well-groomed schoolmates, and certain of her own intense ugliness, Pecola tries to make herself disappear as she wishes fervently, desperately for the blue eyes of a white girl. In her afterward to this novel, Morrison writes of the little girl she once knew: "Beauty was not simply something to behold, it was something one could do. The Bluest Eye was my effort to say something about that; to say something about why she had not, or possibly never would have, the experience of what she possessed and also why she prayed for so radical an alteration. Implicit in her desire was racial self-loathing. And twenty-years later I was still wondering about how one learns that. Who told her? Who made her feel that it was better to be a freak that what she was? Who had looked at her and found her so wanting, so small a weight on the beauty scale? The novel pecks away at the gaze that condemned her."
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison( Book )

319 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 9,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four generations of black life in America
Sula by Toni Morrison( Book )

328 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 20 languages and held by 8,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines -- from their growing up together in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. The one, Nel Wright, chooses to stay in the place of her birth, to marry, to raise a family, to become a pillar of the tightly knit black community. The other, Sula Peace, rejects all that Nel has accepted. She escapes to college, submerges herself in city life, and when she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel, a mocker, a wanton sexual seductress. Both women must suffer the consequences of their choices; both must decide if they can afford to harbor the love they have for each other; and both combine to create an unforgettable rendering of what it means and costs to exist and survive as a black woman in America
Paradise by Toni Morrison( Book )

133 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 6,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This story set in Ruby, Oklahoma is about an African American community
Jazz by Toni Morrison( Book )

229 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in 19 languages and held by 6,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Harlem, 1926, Joe Trace, a door-to-door salemsan in his fifties, kills his teenage lover. At the funeral, his wife Violet slashes the dead girl's face and then desperately searches to find why Joe was unfaithful. The profound love story is immersed in the sights and sounds of Black urban life during the Jazz Age
Tar baby by Toni Morrison( Book )

209 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 5,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1978 National Book Critic's Circle Award for fiction. "Beautiful and satisfying ... an unusually wise and large-spirited book ... consistently picturesque, charged with startling images".--Baltimore Sun
A mercy by Toni Morrison( Book )

99 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 5,472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Jacob Vaark is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh North. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, who can read and write and might be useful on his farm. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master’s house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives. A Mercy reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, like Beloved, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter—a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment." -- Publisher's description
Love by Toni Morrison( Book )

115 editions published between 2003 and 2019 in 10 languages and held by 4,795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epitome of a group of women's ideals about love, fatherhood, and friendship, wealthy hotel owner Bill Cosey finds his life compromised by his troubled past and his feelings about a spellbinding woman named Celestial
Home by Toni Morrison( Book )

77 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 4,705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Frank Money joined the army to escape his too-small world, he left behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the war, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger. Frank is a modern Odysseus returning to a 1950s America mined with lethal pitfalls for an unwary black man. As he journeys to his native Georgia in search of Cee, it becomes clear that their troubles began well before their wartime separation. Together, they return to their rural hometown of Lotus, where buried secrets are unearthed and where Frank learns at last what it means to be a man, what it takes to heal, and–above all–what it means to come home." -- Publisher's description
God help the child by Toni Morrison( Book )

96 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 9 languages and held by 4,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."
Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination by Toni Morrison( Book )

53 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and French and held by 3,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison brings the genius of a master writer to this personal inquiry into the significance of African-Americans in the American literary imagination. Her goal, she states at the outset, is to "put forth an argument for extending the study of American literature ... draw a map, so to speak, of a critical geography and use that map to open as much space for discovery, intellectual adventure, and close exploration as did the original charting of the New World--without the mandate for conquest." Author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and other vivid portrayals of black American experience, Morrison ponders the effect that living in a historically racialized society has had on American writing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She argues that race has become a metaphor, a way of referring to forces, events, and forms of social decay, economic division, and human panic. Her compelling point is that the central characteristics of American literature--individualism, masculinity, the insistence upon innocence coupled to an obsession with figurations of death and hell--are responses to a dark and abiding Africanist presence. Through her investigation of black characters, narrative strategies, and idiom in the fiction of white American writers, Morrison provides a daring perspective that is sure to alter conventional notions about American literature. She considers Willa Cather and the impact of race on concept and plot; turns to Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville to examine the black force that figures so significantly in the literature of early America; and discusses the implications of the Africanist presence at the heart of Huckleberry Finn. A final chapter on Ernest Hemingway is a brilliant exposition of the racial subtext that glimmers beneath the surface plots of his fiction. Written with the artistic vision that has earned her a preeminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature
Remember : the journey to school integration by Toni Morrison( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison"s text--a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of "separate but equal" schooling. Remember is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today. Remember will be published on the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ending legal school segregation, handed down on May 17, 1954
Early novels and stories : Go tell it on the mountain ; Giovanni's room ; Another country ; Going to meet the man by James Baldwin( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era, and one of the greatest African-American writers of this century. A self-described "transatlantic commuter" who spent much of his life in France, Baldwin joined a cosmopolitan sophistication to a fierce engagement with social issues. Early Novels and Stories presents the novels and short stories that established Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism and rare verbal eloquence. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), tells the story, rooted in Baldwin's own experience, of a preacher's son coming of age in 1930's Harlem. Giovanni's Room (1956) is a searching, and in its day controversial, treatment of the tragic self-delusions of a young American expatriate at war with his own homosexuality. Another Country (1962), a wide-ranging exploration of America's racial and sexual boundaries, depicts the suicide of a gifted jazz musician and its ripple effect on those who knew him. Going To Meet the Man (1965) collects Baldwin's short fiction, including the masterful "Sonny's Blues," the unforgettable portrait of a jazz musician struggling with drug addiction in which Baldwin came closest to defining his goal as a writer
Race-ing justice, en-gendering power : essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the construction of social reality by Toni Morrison( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den politiske uro i USA, og efterfølgende diskussion om race, køn og social struktur, som fulgte efter udnævnelsen af højesteretsdommer Clarence Thomas og høringen i forbindelse med anklagerne mod ham for sexchikane
The source of self-regard : selected essays, speeches, and meditations by Toni Morrison( Book )

11 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the most celebrated and revered writers in the history of American literature gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades. The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass, that are Toni Morrison's hallmarks. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11, the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Ir., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s) and human rights. She looks at enduring aspects of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and, in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sala, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars. In all, The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre."--Jacket
Beloved by Toni Morrison( Recording )

65 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement
The collected poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 by Lucille Clifton( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 combines all eleven of Lucille Clifton's published collections with more than sixty previously unpublished poems. The unpublished works feature early poems from 1965-1969, a collection-in-progress titled Book of Days (2008), and a poignant selection of final poems
The Black book by M. A Harris( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now in a deluxe 35th anniversary hardcover edition, The Black book remains a breathtaking testament to the legendary wisdom, strength, and perseverance of Black men and women intent on freedom; features a new foreword and original poem by Toni Morrison
The bluest eye by Toni Morrison( Recording )

43 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pecola Breedlove, a young eleven-year-old black girl, prays everyday for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dreams grow more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity--Publisher
 
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Molisen 1931-2019

Molisen, Tuoni 1931-2019

Morison Tonė

Morison, Toni

Morisone, Tonija, 1931-

Morrison, Chloe Anthony.

Morrison, Cloë Anthony

Morrison T. 1931-

Morrison Toni

Morrison, Tony

Morrison, Tony, književnica

Morrisonová, Toni

Morrisonová, Toni 1931-2019

Mūrīsūn, Tūnī, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison Afro-American writer

Toni Morrison Afro-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Literaturnobelpreisträgerin

Toni Morrison Ameerika Ühendriikide kirjanik

Toni Morrison Amerikaans schrijfster

Toni Morrison Amerikana a nobelista, editor, ken propesor

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Toni Morrisonová americká spisovateľka

Toni Morrisonová americká spisovatelka, nositelka Nobelovy ceny za literaturu

Tonija Morisone

Wofford, Chloe A., 1931-

Wofford, Chloe A. 1931-2019

Wofford Chloe Anthony

Wofford, Chloe Anthony 1931-

Wofford, Chloe Anthony 1931-2019

Wofford, Chloe Ardelia, 1931-2019

Wofford, Chloe Ardellia 1931-2019

Wofford, Cloë Anthony

Woftword, Chloe Anthony

Τόνι Μόρρισον

Моррисон

Моррисон Т.

Моррисон Тони

Моррисон, Тони, 1931-

Тони Морисон

Тони Морисън

Тони Моррисон

Тони Моррисон американский писатель

Тони Моррисон АҠШ яҙыусыһы

Тоні Моррісон

Тоні Морысан

Уофорд Х. Э. 1931-

Թոնի Մորիսոն

טוני מוריסון סופרת אמריקאית

מוריסון, טוני

توني موريسون، 1931-

توني موريسون كاتبة روائية أمريكية

تونی موریسون

تونی موریسون نویسنده آمریکایی

تۆنی مۆریسۆن

موريس، توني، 1931-

ٹونی موریسن

ٹونی موریسن امریکی مصنفہ

टोनी मारिसन

টনি মরিসন মার্কিন লেখিকা

ਟੋਨੀ ਮੋਰੀਸਨ

டோனி மாரிசன்

టోనీ మొర్రిసన్

ടോണി മോറിസൺ

โทนี มอร์ริสัน

ტონი მორისონი

모리슨, 토니 1931-

토니 모리슨 미국의 작가, 교수

ቶኒ ሞሪሰን

トニ・モリスン

モリスン, トニ

モリソン, トニ

托妮·莫里森 作家

莫里森

莫里森 1931-2019

莫里森, 托尼 1931-2019

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