Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was an American novelist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Her most famous book is her 1987 novel Beloved (which has been recommended several times on Five Books) but some argue it’s important to read her other books first. As a result, we’ve made a list of her first five books, in order, here.
Before her death in 2019, she was also the Robert F Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University.
Interviews where books by Toni Morrison were recommended
An ever-growing body of authors are writing about the reality of what it means to be black in America, says Farah Jasmine Griffin, director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Here she recommends five works of African American literature, from greats like Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison to lesser-known gems by Ann Petry.