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Toni Morrison

A Literary Life

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Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 1-23
  3. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 44-59
  4. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 60-79
  5. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 99-116
  6. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 117-134
  7. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 135-147
  8. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 148-161
  9. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 162-177
  10. Linda Wagner-Martin
    Pages 178-180
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 181-217

About this book


A reading of the oeuvre of Toni Morrison — fiction, non-fiction, and other — drawing extensively from her many interviews as well as her primary texts. The author aligns Morrison's novels with the works of Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, assessing her works as among the most innovative, and most significant, worldwide, of the past fifty years.


Morrison African American African fiction public intellectual women motherhood quest The Bluest Eye Sula Song of Solomon Tar Baby Beloved Jazz Paradise Love A Mercy Home The Black Book history New York novel Virginia Woolf William Faulkner

About the authors

Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, a Rockefeller awardee, and a resident at Bellagio, Bogliasco, and the Bunting Institute. She recently received the Hubbell Medal for lifetime service to American literature. Her 2013 A History of American Literature from 1950 to the Present is her 53rd book. She has written two other books for this series, one on Ernest Hemingway and the other, in both 1999 and 2003, on Sylvia Plath. She writes widely on twentieth-century American literature, biography, women's writing and pedagogy. Her publications include A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway (2000), William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism (2002), Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Hemingway: Eight Decades of Criticism (2009).

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