From the Vault: Toni Morrison

Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019), known as Toni Morrison won the National Book Critics Circle Award for  Song of Solomon (1977)  and the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987) in 1988.  Morrison won was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

In this episode of From the Vault, Toni Morrison (1931-2019) with KPFK Margaret Prescod, in conversation about ‘Love’ (2003) followed by a discussion of  ‘Tar Baby’ (1981) with KPFK’s Barbara Cady. Morrison discusses class conflicts between Black people as one of the book’s themes, her feelings about authors’ personalities showing in their books, and about other Black women writers.

“I didn’t want to speak for Black people and I wanted to speak to, and to be among them… it’s us. So the first thing I had to do was to eliminate the white gaze.”

From the documentary film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.

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