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Morrison, Toni

Overview
Works: 738 works in 4,025 publications in 36 languages and 235,091 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Drama  Miscellanea  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Interviewee, Editor, Librettist, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Lyricist, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: PS3563.O8749, 813.54
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Beloved : a novel by Toni Morrison( Book )

395 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 24 languages and held by 12,651 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 ... read it and tremble. 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 anyone's future
The bluest eye by Toni Morrison( Book )

297 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 9,913 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 )

278 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 15 languages and held by 8,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

266 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 8,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two African American women, Sula and Nel, were life-long friends who grew up in a small, poor Ohio town until Sula left for the big city and returned years later to find that she and Nel are worlds apart
Paradise by Toni Morrison( Book )

122 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 6,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

176 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 6,173 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 )

196 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 5,842 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 )

97 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 14 languages and held by 5,532 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 )

97 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 4,777 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 )

71 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 4,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister"--
Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination by Toni Morrison( Book )

59 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in 9 languages and held by 3,494 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 )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,590 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
God help the child by Toni Morrison( Book )

22 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 2,057 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."
Beloved by Toni Morrison( Recording )

49 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,012 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. After the Civil War ends, Sethe longingly recalls the two-year-old daughter whom she killed when threatened with recapture after escaping from slavery 18 years before
Race-ing justice, en-gendering power : essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the construction of social reality( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,982 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( Visual )

29 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,837 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 & Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen
The bluest eye by Toni Morrison( Recording )

27 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bluest Eye is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, a black girl in an America whose love for its blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment
The Black book by M. A Harris( Book )

3 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and held by 1,603 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
A mercy [a novel] by Toni Morrison( Recording )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,451 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
Sula by Toni Morrison( Recording )

32 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the heart of Sula is a bond between two women, a friendship whose intensity first sustains, then injuries. Sula and Nel are both black, both smart, and both poor. Through their girlhood years, they share everything. All this changes when Sula gets out of the Bottom, the hilltop neighborhood where there hides a fierce resentment at the invisible line that cannot be overstepped
 
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Beloved : a novel
Alternative Names
Molisen, Tuoni 1931-

Morison, Toni

Morisone, Tonija, 1931-

Morrison, Chloe Anthony

Morrison, Chloe Anthony, 1931-

Morrison, Tony, književnica

Morrisonov, Toni.

Mūrīsūn, Tūnī, 1931-

Toni Morisone

Toni Morrison Amerikaans schrijver

Toni Morrison Amerikana a nobelista, editor, ken propesor

Toni Morrison amerikansk frfattare

Toni Morrison amerikansk skribent

Toni Morrison ameriška pisateljica

Toni Morrison amerykańska powieściopisarka i eseistka, noblistka

Toni Morrison beloved

Toni Morrison crivain amricaine

Toni Morrison scrittrice statunitense

Toni Morrison US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Literaturnobelpreistrgerin

Toni Morrisonov

Wofford, Chloe A. 1931-

Wofford , Chloe Anthony

Wofford, Chloe Anthony 1931-

Wofford, Chloe Ardellia 1931-

Wofford, Clo Anthony

Τόνι Μόρρισον

Моррисон

Моррисон, Тони, 1931-

Тони Морисон

Тони Морисън

Тони Моррисон

Тоні Моррісон

Тоні Морысан

טוני מוריסון

מוריסון, טוני

توني موريسون

توني موريسون، 1931-

تونی موریسون نویسنده آمریکایی

تۆنی مۆریسۆن

موريس، توني، 1931-

ٹونی موریسن

टोनी मारिसन

টনি মরিসন

ਟੋਨੀ ਮੋਰੀਸਨ

டோனி மாரிசன்

ടോണി മോറിസൺ

ტონი მორისონი

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

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The bluest eyeSong of SolomonSulaParadiseJazzTar babyA mercyLove