On this day in history, writer, Toni Morrison, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993. Morrison was the 90th winner of the prize and received a monetary award for $825,000.
Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford, in 1931 in Lorain (Ohio), the second of four children in a black working-class family. Displayed an early interest in literature. Studied humanities at Howard and Cornell Universities, followed by an academic career at Texas Southern University, Howard University, Yale, and since 1989, a chair at Princeton University.
Morrison was the eight-woman to receive the Nobel Prize and the first black woman to receive the prize. Morrison’s novel “Beloved” (Knopf, 1987), was an enormous commercial success and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.