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The Bluest Eye By: Toni Morrison Talia Kottler Ms. Kanu AP Lang P.6 3.14.16 
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Brief Biographical Sketch on Author: Toni Morrison was born as Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931. She is  an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. She is best  known for her novels:  The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon,  and  Beloved , which where  all written in the 1970s and 1980s. Morrison was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio and  became a Catholic at the age of 12, where she received the baptismal name “Antony,”  which later led to her new name “Toni.” After graduating from Howard University,  Morrison taught English at Texas Southern University, where she met and married her  husband in 1958. Morrison’s writing career began with writing fiction as part of a group  of poets and writers and this transformed her short story about a black girl who longed to  have blue eyes to her first novel,  The Bluest Eye.  In 1987, a protest of 48 black critics and writers broke out after her novel  Beloved  failed to win the National Book Award and the  National Book Critics Circle Award. The same year however, Morrison won the Pulitzer  Prize for fiction, the American Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book award. Aside  from writing successful novels, winning prestigious awards, raising a family, and  teaching at the university, Morrison touched on racism. She became a large advocate for  equality and the discrimination black people faced in this country. In April 2015, after  speaking about the deaths of unarmed black kids murdered, she said, “We need to have a  conversation about race. This is the conversation.” On July 15, 2015, Morrison became  the subject of a documentary film entitled  Imagine Toni Morrison Remembers .  Over the  course of her career, Morrison has been awarded over 30 awards and nominations. Her  writing has not only sparked a long over due conversation, but also became an  inspiration. 
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Literary Criticism on Author: (by critic)  Andrea O’Reilly (Ph.D.), a professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada, is also a writer on women’s issues, an editor, and author of eighteen books on motherhood. She is the author of Toni Morrison and motherhood in 2004. Through her novel she discusses Morrison’s views on motherhood as “a site of power for black women and views its aim as the empowerment of children.” (O’Reilly 1).
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