" Something that is loved is never lost" Beloved by Toni Morrison. Long Live Toni Morrison!
Tribute to Toni Morrison (1931–2019)
In 2008, Morrison presciently warned against the risks writers face worldwide. “The historical suppression of writers is the earliest harbinger of the steady, peeling away of subsequent rights and liberties that will follow,” Morrison said. “The history of persecuted writers is as long as the history of literature itself, and the efforts to censor, starve, regulate, and annihilate us are clear signs that something important is taking place.”
Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison, for Decades the Greatest Living Writer
Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison - for Decades the Greatest Living Writer - who passed on at 88, on 6 August 2019 - Read tributes to her, published on other sites by Namwali Serpell, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laila Lalami. For some, only excerpts are shared here. Toni Morrison. Image credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
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The announcement of her 1993 Nobel prize for literature award cited her as a writer “who, in novels characterised by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality”. In her acceptance speech Morrison emphasised the importance of language “partly as a system, partly as a living thing over which one has control, but mostly as an agency – as an act with consequences”.
Toni Morrison Receives The Presidential Medal Of Freedom
Toni Morrison 1931 – 2019, critically acclaimed African-American writer who won the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize for Literature, - the first (and still the only) female African-American writer to capture that prestigious prize. During Barack Obama’s presidency, in 2012, Morrison also received the Congressional Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour.
Toni Morrison: The Precious Moments a Writer Lives For
"A Conversation with Toni Morrison" by Pam Houston for Oprah Magazine. Pam Houston's ongoing talks about writing with Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison are among the great joys of her life. This article shares those times a writer lives for, when she is able to enter that fluid space of inspiration where one good line keeps following another. Here Morrison describes the ways those moments of grace manifest, on the page and in her life. Click the pic for for fresh insight and inspiration.
"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized.
The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison: 9780525562795 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
Toni Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” and human rights. She looks at enduring matters 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
Princeton dedicates Morrison Hall in honor of Nobel laureate and emeritus faculty member Toni Morrison
Princeton University dedicated the naming of Morrison Hall Nov 17- 11- 2017, in honour of Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, and the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. Morrison was the first African American to be awarded the prize.
The Art of Fiction No. 134
"I tell my students one of the most important things they need to know is when they are their best, creatively. They need to ask themselves, What does the ideal room look like? Is there music? Is there silence? Is there chaos outside or is there serenity outside? What do I need in order to release my imagination?" Toni Morrison
“Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eye.” ― THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison delivers keynote at Princeton slavery symposium
Morrison discussed the complex history the university had with slavery. The university hosted the symposium following the release of a years-long project that dives into its history with slavery. Researchers found that the first nine presidents of Princeton owned slaves, and that a slave sale was held on campus after the university's fifth president, Samuel Finley, died.
Toni Morrison's Radical Vision of Otherness
The Origin of Others - who belongs and who doesn’t, who is accepted in and who is cast out as “Other.”... the process of exiling some people from humanity ranges beyond American habits of race: "One need only look at the treatment of millions now in flight from war and economic desperation. Othering as a means of control is not just the practice of white people in the United States, for every group perfects its self-regard through exclusion."