At the age of 12 she became a Catholic and took the baptismal name Anthony (after Saint Anthony), which led to her nickname, Toni, that she later used in her professional life.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1953 and earned her Master of Arts from Cornell University in 1955.
While teaching at Howard, she met Harold "Moxie" Morrison, a Jamaican architect, whom she married in 1958. She was pregnant with their second son when they divorced in 1964.
In 1965 she started to work as an editor for a textbook division of Random House, and two years later transferring to their fiction department as their first black female senior editor. As she held this position she worked on one of her first books, Contemporary African Literature.
She was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University.
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature, Morrison wrote 11 novels, nine non-fiction works, five children's books, two short stories, and two plays throughout her 88 years of life.
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