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Toni Morrison Bathed in Tradition It is often said that people pursue the Great American Dream but what exactly is it For some it is getting rich quick inventing something incredible or simply living a good life and raising a family Many also believe that one of lifes goals is to write the Great American novel This is a difficult task for one must be at the top of their craft as well as be able to reach many people on different levels One such author who has accomplished this feat is the African-American author Toni Morrison Morrison holds a great deal of prestige in the writing community as she is both the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Pulitzer Prize the top honor a writer may receive She writes about race and other contemporary issues from a perspective that not many readers have been exposed to Toni Morrison has found success in writing with tones of African-American history folklore and music As novelist critic professor editor or mentor to other writers Toni Morrison has had a profound impact upon the literature and culture of the twentieth century Toni Morrisons life can be seen from a number of accomplishments and influences as more fulfilling than any master writer could want One influence is her childhoods rich background in tradition and history A second influence was her education at some of the best universities the country has to offer Morrisons life just before writing her first novel gave her life experience which would prove invaluable She had the opportunity to exercise influence over many black authors and helped make their works known Also her list of novels is impressive and well received The awards she received for them are proof enough of her excellent work Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18 1931 in the poor multi-racial town of Lorraine a suburb of Cleveland Ohio Sinclair
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