Under The Duvet Productions

Covering News And Entertainment.

One Of The Most Decorated Living Authors Worldwide Nobel Laureate TONI MORRISON Turns 86 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio. She is one of the most decorated living authors worldwide. On February 18, 2017 she will turn 86 years old and is currently writing her twelfth novel.


Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, New York, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

In 1993, she became the first and only African-American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Among her countless honors are the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel Song of Solomon in 1977; she received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her novel Beloved, which was recognized as the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years. Morrison received the National Humanities Medal in 2000, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, and she is listed as the “100 Greatest Writers of All Time.” International honors include the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1993 and the Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur in 2010. Please see our list below with more awards, honors, nominations, and writings.

Morrison graduated Howard University in 1953 with a B.A. in English, and earned a Master of Arts from Cornell University in 1955. She began her career teaching English at Texas Southern University in Houston, then at Howard, before becoming an editor for a textbook publisher in Syracuse, New York in 1965. Two years later she joined Random House publishing in New York City, where she became a senior trade-book editor. In that capacity, Morrison played a vital role in bringing black literature into the mainstream, editing books by authors such as Muhammad Ali, Henry Dumas, Toni Cade Bambara, Angela Davis, Gayl Jones, and numerous others. Morrison, herself a writer, began a novel while she was teaching at Howard. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Several novels followed, including Beloved published in September 1987. She became a professor at Princeton University in 1989 and was a member of the University’s creative writing program until she retired in 2006. In 1994, she founded the Princeton Atelier, bringing together undergraduate students in interdisciplinary collaborations with acclaimed artists and performers. Morrison a Professor Emerita at Princeton, was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University at the 2013 Commencement. In 2014, Morrison’s papers became part of the permanent library collections of Princeton and are open for research to University students, faculty, and scholars worldwide.

Morrison has been awarded the 2016 Emerson-Thoreau Medal by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the field of literature. She will accept the award at a ceremony on April 6, 2017 at the academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her most recent book God Help the Child was published in 2015. She is currently working on her twelfth novel.


Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, New York, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.


The Bluest Eye, 1970.

Sula, 1973.

Song of Solomon, 1977.

Tar Baby, 1981.

Beloved, 1987.

Jazz, 1992.

Paradise, 1997.

Love, 2003.

A Mercy, 2008.

Home, 2012.

God Help the Child, 2015.

Children’s literature (with her son Slade Morrison):

The Big Box, 1999.

The Book of Mean People, 2002.

Peeny Butter Fudge, 2009.

Short fiction:

Recitatif, 1983.


Dreaming Emmett, performed 1986.

Desdemona, first performed May 15, 2011, in Vienna.

Opera Libretto:

Margaret Garner, an opera in two acts with an English-language libretto by Toni Morrison and composed by Richard Danielpour. The opera is loosely based on actual events in the life of runaway slave Margaret Garner. A co-commission by the Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera and Opera Philadelphia, it premièred on 7 May 2005 at the Detroit Opera House in Detroit, Michigan with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in the title role.


The Black Book, 1974.

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, 1992.

Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality (editor), 1992.

Birth of a Nation’hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case (co-editor), 1997.

Remember: The Journey to School Integration, April 2004.

What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction, edited by Carolyn C. Denard, April 2008.

Burn This Book: Essay Anthology, (editor), 2009.


1977: National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon

1977: American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award

1987–88: Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

1988: Helmerich Award

1988: American Book Award for Beloved

1988: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Race Relations for Beloved

1988: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Beloved

1988: Frederic G. Melcher Book Award for Beloved. A remark in her acceptance speech that “there is no suitable memorial or plaque or wreath or wall or park or skyscraper lobby” honoring the memory of the human beings forced into slavery and brought to the United States; “There’s no small bench by the road,” led the Toni Morrison Society to begin installing benches at significant sites in the history of slavery in America; the first “bench by the road” was dedicated July 26, 2008, on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the point of entry for approximately 40 percent of the enslaved Africans brought to British North America.

1989: MLA Commonwealth Award in Literature

1989: Honorary Doctor of Letters at Harvard University

1993: Nobel Prize for Literature

1993: Commander of the Arts and Letters, Paris

1993: Toni Morrison issued postage stamp, Sweden

1994: Condorcet Medal, Paris

1994: Pearl Buck Award

1994: Rhegium Julii Prize for Literature

1996: Jefferson Lecture

1996: National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

2000: National Humanities Medal

2002: 100 Greatest African Americans, list by Molefi Kete Asante

2005: Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University

2008: New Jersey Hall of Fame inductee

2009: Norman Mailer Prize, Lifetime Achievement

2010: Officier de la Légion d’Honneur

2011: Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction

2011: Honorary Doctor of Letters at Rutgers University Graduation Commencement

2011: Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Geneva

2012: Presidential Medal of Freedom

2013: The Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal awarded by Vanderbilt University

2014: Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Book Critics Circle

2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction

2016: The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry (The Norton Lectures), Harvard University

2016: Emerson-Thoreau Medal


Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, 2008 – Who’s Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper? The Lion or the Mouse? Poppy or the Snake?

Please note the list above does NOT include all of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s awards, honors, nominations, and writings.

May 28, 1993: The Toni Morrison Society was founded.

July 26, 2008: The Toni Morrison Society first “bench by the road” was dedicated.


Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, 85th Birthday, New York, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

  Please view over two dozen photo-articles we have published on Nobel laureate Toni Morrison:


Lisa Pacino and Under The Duvet Productions are based in New York. Photography services are available worldwide. If you wish to book photography services, receive information, and/or license images for commercial and/or promotional use please E-mail: UnderTheDuvetProductions@gmail.com

Please visit our On-Line Magazine with over 340 articles:




Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on February 18, 2017 by in After Party, Awards, Black History, Black Tie Events, Books, Canon, Canon Camera, CD/Book: Release/Signings, Celebrities, Celebrity Photojournalist, Film Premiers, Grammy Awards, History, Jazz, Journalist, Lisa Pacino, Literature, Literature & Lectures, Music, New York, News & Civil Rights, Novelist, Opera, Photography, Poetry, Red Carpet, Toni Morrison, Uncategorized, Under The Duvet Productions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .
%d bloggers like this: