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Title:
Toni Morrison : telling a tale untold
Author:
Haskins, James, 1941-2005.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
Examines the life and work of the successful novelist, who became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
Language:
English
Contents:
Superior people -- What it's like to be a grown-up -- Developing a canon of Black work -- Telling a tale untold -- America's storyteller -- Being there before the light arrives -- To write the book I'd like to read.
ISBN:
9780761318521
Format :
Book

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Summary

Examines the life and work of the successful novelist, who became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.


Author Notes

Author Jim Haskins was born in Demopolis, Alabama on September 19, 1941. He received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1960, a B.S. from Alabama State University in 1962, and a M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1963. After graduation, he became a special education teacher in a public school in Harlem. His first book, Diary of a Harlem School Teacher, was the result of his experience there. He taught at numerous colleges and universities before becoming an English professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1977.

He wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, ranging from counting books for children to biographies on Rosa Parks, Hank Aaron and Spike Lee. He won numerous awards for his work including the 1976 Coretta Scott King Award for The Story of Stevie Wonder, the 1984 Coretta Scott King Award for Lena Horne, the 1979 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime; and the 1994 Washington Post Children's Book Guide Award. He also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for young adult non-fiction for Black Music in America; The March on Washington; and Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put "Black" in American History in 1989, 1994, and 2001, respectively. He died from complications of emphysema on July 6, 2005 at the age of 63.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. For an older audience than Haskins' photo-biography Toni Morrison: The Magic of Words (2001), this does a good job of introducing the writer and her work to teens wanting to read her books. Haskins sets the personal biography within the context of African American history, politics, and literary traditions, showing how Morrison found her fictional voice by giving voice to those whose stories were never heard. Drawing on a rich variety of reviews, interviews, articles, and speeches, all carefully documented in chapter notes at the back, Haskins discusses Morrison's 18 years as editor at Random House, where she published leading black writers, including many women. He then goes on to talk briefly about each of her books-- their complexity, critical reception, and deep influence on the American tradition. Of course, the climax is her receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. Except for a binding that is too tight, the book is nicely designed; it is clear and readable with lots of black-and-white photos and many references for those who want to know more. Hazel Rochman.


Table of Contents

Superior people
What it's like to be a grown-up
Developing a canon of Black work
Telling a tale untold
America's storyteller
Being there before the light arrives
To write the book I'd like to read

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