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Toni Morrison’s endless accolades – the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pulitzer Prize, American Book Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and Presidential Medal of Freedom – are evidence of her seismic influence on literature and American culture. However, Morrison’s climb to preeminence was not an easy one and recognition from the literary establishment was slow to arrive. Her life began on the racially integrated streets of Lorain, Ohio in a home with parents who strongly encouraged her interest in reading and education. But it was quite a culture shock when she experienced institutionalized segregation as a Howard University student and later when she began writing her own work. Broad acclaim did not arrive quickly, and there was an outcry by dozens of critics and writers after her 1987 epic novel, "Beloved", failed to win major book awards. But many factors, including that protest and ongoing praise and engagement of Morrison’s work from such people as Oprah Winfrey, steered her to the universal praise she always deserved.
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM offers an intimate portrait of an American icon whose early life was shaped here in Ohio.
Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey