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    TONI MORRISON, NOBEL-WINNING AUTHOR, DIES AT 88
    by: varietybrentlang | Aug 6, 2019, 9:59 AM

    U.S. novelist Toni Morrison applauds as
    Toni Morrison, who wrote about race, gender, and history with great urgency and tremendous narrative power, died Aug. 5. The author was 88 years old and her family said she died “following a short illness.”

    Morrison’s work includes classics such as “Beloved,” “The Bluest Eye,” and “Song of Solomon,” novels that excavated painful chapters of America’s past. She examined the scars left by slavery and Jim Crow, and the ways that a culture of systemic racism warps the country’s moral values, sending out currents of pain across the generations. Her modernist writing style, both lyrical and evocative, drew comparisons to James Joyce and William Faulkner.

    “I am interested in the complexity, the vulnerability of an idea,” Morrison told the Paris Review in 1993. “It is not ‘this is what I believe,’ because that would not be a book, just a tract. A book is ‘this may be what I believe, but suppose I am wrong . . . what could it be?’ Or, ‘I don’t know what it is, but I am interested in finding out what it might mean to me, as well as to other people.’”

    In 1993, Morrison became the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize. The prize committee praised the author for writing novels “characterized by visionary force and poetic import.” Other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

    “Beloved,” the story of a former slave and her young daughter haunted by a ghost, is considered to be Morrison’s masterwork. Published in 1988, it is routinely ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century. Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover starred in a 1998 movie adaptation that earned strong reviews, but weak box office returns.

    In addition to her novels, Morrison wrote literary criticism, children’s books, plays, and even the libretto for an opera, “Margaret Garner.” Morrison also taught at Princeton University, where she held the Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Humanities.

    “She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends,” Morrison’s family said in a statement. “The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”

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    Pulitzer Prizes announced today!

    FICTION

    The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
    A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity, and redemption.

    Finalists:
    The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett (Harper)
    The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

    DRAMA

    A Strange Loop, by Michael R. Jackson
    A metafictional musical that tracks the creative process of an artist transforming issues of identity, race, and sexuality that once pushed him to the margins of the cultural mainstream into a meditation on universal human fears and insecurities.

    Finalists:
    Heroes of the Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery
    Soft Power, by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori

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    I found Nickel Boys much more enjoyable than Underground Railroad (which I actually don’t rate at all and don’t believe should have won). I do however support this win.

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    Ha, what a coincidence, I was just on here thinking about starting a similar thread.

    Currently reading A Tale of Two Cities  (an excellent book) and Lewis Cass and the Politics of Moderation (much less excellent).

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