Toni Morrison The Writer in America Interview (1978)

Toni Morrison ( 1931 -2019) was a novelist, essayist, editor, and professor of English. Her novels such as Song of Solomon and Beloved  became popular works of  the American literary tradition. Morrison reveals in this interview that her writing began as a way to cope with challenges in life. After a divorce and the dull job of being an editor for textbooks she realized she had too much talent to stay at that position. Her works discussed the African American experience. Morrison describe her first work Bluest Eye “the dependency on the world for identification.” Her novels had developed African American female protagonists Toni Morrison did not classify her works as feminist.  Toni Morrison offers a very unique concept on the idea of freedom. Freedom is not about having limited responsibilities, rather being able to choose them. This idea  was demonstrated in her work  Sula . Morrison then does a dramatic reading of Sula . Listening to it it is easy to see why her works were successful. The mixture of intense imagery and emotion almost takes the reader to another place. Toni Morrison would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for literature. She was never afraid to discuss controversial subjects in her works ranging from racism, slavery, and the depths of human cruelty.

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