Toni Morrison was born February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio. Her parents are George Wofford and Ramah Willis Wofford. Toni Morrison grew up in a constantly poor town. After high school Morrison attended Howard University. She received her degree in 1953 and then went on to Cornell University for her masters in English, which she received in 1955 (Toni Morrison 583).
Morrison taught at both Texas Southern University and Howard University. While teaching at Howard University she met Harold Morrison, whom she would marry and would father her 2 children. In 1964 they got divorced and shortly after she began her career as an editor. During this time she worked her way up to senior editorship at Random House's New York Headquarters. She taught at several colleges in the time between 1967 and 1988, like Yale, State University of New York, and Rutgers University (Toni Morrison 584).
Morrison also had a career in publishing.
Because of her position as editor she was able to advance the careers of many African Americans. With her help many writers were able to have their works published.
In 1993 Toni Morrison became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize. In 1978 she received the National Book Critics' Circle Award for her book Song of Solomon. She was nominated for National Book Award in 1975 for the book Sula. For her book Beloved she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 (Toni Morrison 582).
The Bluest Eye takes place in Lorain, Ohio. The story begins in Claudia MacTeer's point of view. She is growing up in a poor family with a slightly older sister, Frieda and her mother and father. Their mother is very mean. Once in the book Claudia gets sick and her mother spends just as much time screaming...