Toni Morrison at age 33 (1964) was jobless, divorced, with one child and one on the way. She had returned to her parents home in Ohio.
Today she is one of the most respected American writers as well as an editor, teacher, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. She is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She is known for her plays "Desdemona" and "Dreaming Emmett" and her movies, "A Moment in Time", "Conversations with Legendary Women", and "African American Women of Achievement".
Her writing style is intended not to just tell people about African-American problems and issues but to show them. She does this without losing the traditional language.
She has written many books but three stood out for me. "Beloved", "The Bluest Eye", and "Song of Solomon". Beloved was a book that showed us how black Americans repress and deny the experience of slavery. It was inspired by a true story and is considered her most difficult book and one that some critics said they felt they actually experienced slavery.
She said of her book that:
"In hindsight, I think what is important about it is the process by which we construct and deconstruct reality in order to be able to function in it".
This viewpoint of Morrison, intended for the book Beloved, has application for my own viewpoints. I have felt that we need to write our own life-stories and that by doing so we re-invent ourselves. Just telling your life story will cause you to connect events and suggest that one influenced another ones outcome. That is the reality changing and it will change who you think you are
Quotes by Toni Morrison
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
“At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”
“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.”
“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”