“Jazz” by Toni Morrison



by Toni Morrison

Genre: Literary Fiction/Psychological/African-American

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

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“The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 2016)” by Toni Morrison

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The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures, 2016)

by Toni Morrison

Genre: African-American/Criticism & Theory/Discrimination & Racism


What is race and why does it matter? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? America’s foremost novelist reflects on themes that preoccupy her work and dominate politics: race, fear, borders, mass movement of peoples, desire for belonging. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Toni Morrison’s most personal work of nonfiction to date.


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Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

86 Years Young!

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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford February 18, 1931) is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Her novels like Beloved, Jazz, Sula, and The Bluest Eye, are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her many awards Ms. Morrison received the 1988 Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) and the 1988 American Book Award for Beloved, the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 2012 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Image from Google.

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.”


“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.”


“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.”


“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”


“In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”