Writing about the life of black slaves and ex-slaves in the era of the Civil War and early Reconstruction, and locating her story in a Border States setting—southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, along the Ohio River, near Cincinnati—Toni Morrison taps into a deep, central vein of our national experience and shame.”Morrison attended Howard University, where she began writing what would become her first novel, , and obtained a master’s degree from Cornell University, where she wrote her senior thesis on “Virginia Woolf’s and William Faulkner’s Treatment of the Alienated.”In addition to her writing, Morrison, born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, also served an editor at Random House in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, where she worked with authors such as Toni Cade Bambara, Nettie P. According to , “Before the late sixties, there was no real Black Studies curriculum in the academy—let alone a post-colonial-studies program or a feminist one. It was by the time I was writing , the third book, that I began to think that this was the central part of my life. There was nobody else—no real buying, negotiating editor in trade who was also publishing her own novels,” said Morrison." won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the American Book Award in 1988, and Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 1993, the first African-American woman to win the award.
As an editor and author, Morrison, backed by the institutional power of Random House, provided the material for those discussions to begin.” Morrison also compiled in a 1993 interview that she didn’t realize her gift was to be a writer until “very late,” elaborating, “I always thought I was probably adept, because people used to say so, but their criteria might not have been mine. Not to say that other women haven’t said it all along, but for a woman to say, I am a writer, is difficult.” She deliberately didn’t tell her coworkers she was a writer, suspecting that she might get fired. Morrison is the subject of the 2019 documentary is a work of assured, immense distinction, destined to become an American classic.
The story also contains short but informative dialogues.
This short story is worthy of reading since it raises such an eternal topics as racial prejudices, human injustice and cruelty, remorse for one’s actions, the problem of abandoned children, their rigidity and their future destiny. It makes us think about the true nature of human relationships and about the nature of a person in general, about friendship, which is more like a nonaggression pact and the equality of people on the planet.
Tony Morrison enriched America's culture with his creative contribution by writing an African-American literary paradigm into the American literary canon, highlighting the importance of African American history in shaping the world outlook of the United States.
Thanks to his prose, which is based on the image of national African folklore, it changes the existing American literary canons, depicting the destructive influence of inter-racial contradictions, the opposition of the "white" and "other", the attempts of the "white" to dominate and suppress the national consciousness of "other" nationalities.
Children and grandchildren of slaves eradicated racism. The feminine literature of the 70's addressed not only to the black audience and worked within the framework of black culture and black identity, but first of all it was concentrated on its own, that is, on the bitter, and sometimes openly, pernicious relations of a woman and a man, on the marginal position of women in the patriarchal society. It was a guarantee of the development of the general process of democratization.
Tony Morrison was the first African-American who received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The mother of Roberta is sick, and the mother of Twyla leads a loose life, but when Twyla speaks about it, she suddenly finds Roberta understanding.
But the most important difference is that they belong to different races.