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The Bluest Eye, 1970.
Song of Solomon, 1977.
Tar Baby, 1981.
A Mercy, 2008.
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.
Dreaming Emmett, performed 1986.
Desdemona, first performed May 15, 2011, in Vienna.
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.