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Morrison, Toni

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Works: 1,808 works in 6,136 publications in 33 languages and 261,560 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Historical fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Psychological fiction  Bildungsromans  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Urban fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Librettist, Performer, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist, Dedicatee, Contributor, Creator, nar, Composer
Classifications: PS3563.O8749, 813.54
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Beloved by Toni Morrison( Book )

476 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 25 languages and held by 13,199 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 )

338 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in 14 languages and held by 10,615 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 )

308 editions published between 1963 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 9,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

315 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 21 languages and held by 8,585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation
Jazz by Toni Morrison( Book )

227 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 20 languages and held by 6,441 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
Paradise by Toni Morrison( Book )

124 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 6,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

213 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 5,919 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 )

109 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 5,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith
Love by Toni Morrison( Book )

114 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 4,856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida - even L: all women obsessed with Bill Cosey. The wealthy owner of the famous Cosey's Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet while he is either the void in, or the center of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces - a troubles past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial." "This audacious exploration into the nature of love - its appetite, its sublime possession, its dread - is rich in characters, striking scenes, and a profound understanding of how alive the past can be."--BOOK JACKET
Home by Toni Morrison( Book )

69 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 4,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister. Frank Money is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from that he's hated all his life
God help the child by Toni Morrison( Book )

73 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 4,004 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 )

48 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 3,424 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 )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,595 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 )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 2,240 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 )

16 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,945 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
Beloved by Toni Morrison( Recording )

62 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,880 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 Black book by M. A Harris( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and held by 1,571 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 )

39 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,502 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
Home : [a novel] by Toni Morrison( Recording )

27 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. His home and himself in it, may no longer be as he remembers it, but Frank is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from, which he's hated all his life
A mercy : [a novel] by Toni Morrison( Recording )

28 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love--first from an older servant woman at her master's new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America
 
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Beloved
Alternative Names
Molisen 1931-

Molisen, Tuoni 1931-

Morison, Toni

Morisone, Tonija, 1931-

Morrison, Chloe Anthony.

Morrison, Chloe Anthony, 1931-

Morrison, Cloë Anthony

Morrison T. 1931-

Morrison Toni

Morrison, Tony 1931-

Morrison, Tony, književnica

Morrisonová, Toni

Mūrīsūn, Tūnī, 1931-

Toni Morrison Ameerika Ühendriikide kirjanik

Toni Morrison American writer

Toni Morrison Amerikaans schrijfster

Toni Morrison Amerikana a nobelista, editor, ken propesor

Toni Morrison amerikansk författare

Toni Morrison amerikansk skribent

Toni Morrison ameriška pisateljica

Toni Morrison amerykańska powieściopisarka i eseistka, noblistka

Toni Morrison beloved

Toni Morrison écrivain américaine

Toni Morrison escriptora estatunidenca

Toni Morrison escritora estadounidense

Toni Morrison scriitoare americană

Toni Morrison scrittrice statunitense

Toni Morrison shkrimtare amerikane

Toni Morrison US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Literaturnobelpreisträgerin

Toni Morrison usona verkistino

Toni Morrison yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija

Toni Morrisonová

Tonija Morisone

Wofford, Chloe A. 1931-

Wofford , Chloe Anthony

Wofford, Chloe Anthony 1931-

Wofford, Chloe Ardellia 1931-

Wofford, Cloë Anthony

Woftword, Chloe Anthony

Τόνι Μόρρισον

Моррисон

Моррисон, Тони, 1931-

Тони Морисон

Тони Морисън

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 كاتب أمريكي

تونی موریسون

تونی موریسون نویسنده آمریکایی

تۆنی مۆریسۆن

موريس، توني، 1931-

ٹونی موریسن

टोनी मारिसन

টনি মরিসন মার্কিন লেখিকা

ਟੋਨੀ ਮੋਰੀਸਨ

டோனி மாரிசன்

ടോണി മോറിസൺ

ტონი მორისონი

모리슨, 토니 1931-

토니 모리슨

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

莫里森

莫里森 1931-

莫里森, 托尼 1931-

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