On her 83rd birthday, let’s take a moment to celebrate Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Amazingly, Morrison (born Chloe Wofford in Lorain, Ohio) never intended to become a writer. As an adult with two children, she turned to writing as an escape from a faltering marriage. When she had nothing to submit to her writing group, she began working on a short story about a black girl who wished for blue eyes. That story, of course, became her first novel, The Bluest Eye.
Revisit her groundbreaking stories and stunning, lyrical prose today with KRL’s collection of her work.