At once the ideal introduction to the legendary Nobel Prize winner and a lovely and moving keepsake for her devoted readers: a treasury of quotations from her work. • With a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Zadie Smith.

"She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truthteller." —Oprah Winfrey


This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction—from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard—to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison's literary vision.

Its compelling sequence of flashes of revelation—stunning for their linguistic originality, keenness of psychological observation, and philosophical profundity—addresses issues of abiding interest in Morrison's work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the complex humanity and art of black people. The Measure of Our Lives brims with elegance of style and mind and moral authority.
TONI MORRISON is the author of eleven novels and three essay collections. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019. View titles by Toni Morrison
"The work of Toni Morrison is filled with glorious moments: sentences that can take your breath away and truisms that are so deep and so profound that reading her often feels like an exercise in spirituality. Upon the passing of this monumental writer comes this most exceptional collection of some of those most beautiful moments.... Prepare to be awed as you experience the magic of Toni Morrison in this brilliant remembrance of her." —San Francisco Book Review

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At once the ideal introduction to the legendary Nobel Prize winner and a lovely and moving keepsake for her devoted readers: a treasury of quotations from her work. • With a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Zadie Smith.

"She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truthteller." —Oprah Winfrey


This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction—from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard—to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison's literary vision.

Its compelling sequence of flashes of revelation—stunning for their linguistic originality, keenness of psychological observation, and philosophical profundity—addresses issues of abiding interest in Morrison's work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the complex humanity and art of black people. The Measure of Our Lives brims with elegance of style and mind and moral authority.

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TONI MORRISON is the author of eleven novels and three essay collections. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019. View titles by Toni Morrison

Praise

"The work of Toni Morrison is filled with glorious moments: sentences that can take your breath away and truisms that are so deep and so profound that reading her often feels like an exercise in spirituality. Upon the passing of this monumental writer comes this most exceptional collection of some of those most beautiful moments.... Prepare to be awed as you experience the magic of Toni Morrison in this brilliant remembrance of her." —San Francisco Book Review

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