Toni Morrison and the Bluest Eye

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Toni Morrison and the Bluest Eye Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in February 18, 1931. Her parents were, Ramah Willis Wofford, mother and her father was George Wofford (Johnson Lewis 2010). She had family who were immigrants and sharecroppers from both of her parents’ side. They lived in Lorain, Ohio were she was the only African America student in her first grade classroom (Bois 1996). Both of her parents were hardworking, while growing up, Morrison also learned folktales and stories that taught her about her heritage (Bois 1996). From a young age, Morrison showed a great interest in literature with all type of authors, French, English and even Russian. In 1949, Toni Morrison attended Howard University, in Washington D.C. there she also changed her name from Chloe to “Toni”, and she explained that she found it was difficult for people to pronounce (Liukkonen 2008). In 1955 and 1957, Morrison was an instructor in Texas Southern University in Houston, where she taught English. In 1958, she married husband, Harold Morrison (Johnson Lewis 2010). But later divorced in 1964, she took their two sons and moved back to Lorain, Ohio, then to New York where she worked as senior editor in Random House (Johnson Lewis 2010). Her first novel was written in 1970, “The Bluest Eye”. After numerous other publications, in 1987, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Beloved” (Liukkonen 2008). In 1992 Morrison published “Jazz”, which won her a Nobel Prize for Literature, she was the eighth woman and first black woman to be awarded this honor (Johnson Lewis 2010). In 1987, Toni Morrison became professor in the Council of Humanities at Princeton University, and also became the first black woman writer to hold a prestigious place at an Ivy League school (Bois 1996). “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison (Johnson Lewis 2010) is a story which
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