Why Famous: Toni Morrison's work centered on the black experience in America. Her style was both lyrical and unflinching and dealt with topics such as slavery, rape, murder and the supernatural. Her first novel was "The Bluest Eyes" published in 1970 when she was 39.
Her most well known works include "Beloved" (1987) which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "Tar Baby" and "Song of Solomon". Morrison also published children's books and essay collections.
Morrison worked as a book editor and later as professor emeritus at Princeton University. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2012.
- 1988-03-31 Pulitzer prize awarded to Toni Morrison for her novel "Beloved"
- 1993-10-07 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American writer Toni Morrison