January 11

Toni Morrison

Other Toni Morrison novels include The Bluest Eye and Beloved.

Toni Morrison, Photo by Mary Reagan

1978: Singing Her Praises
Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon wins the National Book Critics Circle Award®
Toni Morrison's novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly-developed African American characters. Her third novel, Song of Solomon, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, a prestigious honor given annually to the finest books published in the English language.

This award propelled Morrison into the national spotlight. She continued to write novels, as well as short stories, plays, children's books, and non-fiction. Ms. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, becoming the first African American to win the award, as well as the first American woman to win in more than 50 years.
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