Toni Morrison's Life and Career

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Portrait of the Author as a Young Woman
In 1973, Morrison's novel, Sula was nominated for the National Book Award. Her third novel, Song of Solomon (1977), also brought her national attention, and was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. It was the first novel by a black writer to be selected since Richard Wright's Native Son in 1940.

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