Analysis Of The Poem ' Toni Morrison ' Essay

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Toni Morrison is well known for her sophisticated novels, that focus on intimate relationships, especially between men and women of African American cultures. She has won nearly all book prizes possible and has also been awarded an array of honorary degrees. She is also the first African-American to win a Nobel Prize. (Morrison) Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, on February 18, 1931. She was the second oldest of four children. Her father, George, worked primarily as a welder, but had several jobs at once to support the family. Her mother, Ramah, was a domestic worker. Morrison’s childhood was filled with African-American folklore, music, rituals, and myths that later influenced her style of writing. Her family was, as the Morrison family described, “intimate with the supernatural” and frequently used visions and signs to predict the future. They were also very keen on education. As a matter of fact, she was the only student in her class that knew how to read before taking classes. (Morrison) In 1949, Morrison left Lorain to attend college at Howard University, the historically black university in Washington D.C., to study in English. She chose to change her name from Chloe to Toni because students had difficulty pronouncing Chloe. (Biography) While she was at Howard she became a member of the Howard University Players, a theater company that presented plays on the lives of African-American people during the 1940s and 1950s. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in…

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