Morrison [née Wofford], Toni [Chloe Anthony]
- Josephine Wright
(b Lorain, OH, Feb 18, 1931). American writer. Though principally known as a novelist, Morrison has expanded the range of her writing since the 1990s to embrace the art song and opera. She obtained the BA and MFA degree respectively from Howard and Cornell Universities (1953, 1955). Between 1963 and 1983 she was senior editor at Random House. While working there she completed the first four of her nine major novels: The Bluest Eye (1970), which launched her literary career, Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), and Tar Baby (1981), followed by Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), Paradise (1998), Love (2003), and A Mercy (2008). She later returned to academia, teaching at the State University of New York, Albany (1984–9) and at Princeton University (1989–2006), where she is now professor emerita and special consultant to the director of the Princeton Atelier....