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“If there's a book that you want to read,
but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
-Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison began her writing career in 1970 with the release of The Bluest Eye. She aimed to bring a new perspective to the literary scene and did just that. By focusing her story on a young black girl named Pecola Breedlove, she explored the effects of white standards of beauty in a black community. As her protagonist is consumed by the desire for the blue eyes of Shirley Temple, Morrison exposed readers to something they had never seen before.

In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American woman to win Nobel Prize in literature. At the time, she had written nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Beloved (1987) and received the award for being an author “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Explore the mesmerizing prose and unique perspective of this incredible author, who undoubtedly leaves an indelible mark on American culture.

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