Her early favorites were the Russian writers Tolstoy and Dostoyevski, French author Gustave Flaubert and English novelist Jane Austen.
She was an excellent student and she graduated with honors from Lorain High School in 1949.
In 1981 she published her fourth novel, Tar Baby, where for the first time she describes interaction between black and white characters.
In 1983, Morrison left her position at Random House, having worked there for almost twenty years.
She saw firsthand the life of the blacks there, the life her parents had escaped by moving north. She then attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and received a master's degree in 1955.
Toni Wofford graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a B. At Howard she met and fell in love with a young Jamaican architect, Harold Morrison.From 1971-1972 Morrison was the associate professor of English at the State University of New York at Purchase while she continued working at Random House.In addition, she soon started writing her second novel where she focused on a friendship between two adult black women. Song of Solomon, her third novel, was published in 1977.Morrison's next novel, Beloved, was influenced by a published story about a slave, Margaret Garner, who in 1851 escaped with her children to Ohio from her master in Kentucky.When she was about to be re-captured, she tried to kill her children rather than return them to life of slavery. Lorain, Ohio, as Chloe Ardelia (later Anthony) Wofford; grad. Morrison, who was an influential Random House editor for nearly two decades, has been a professor at Princeton since 1989 and founded (1994) the Princeton Atelier, a writers' and performers' workshop. Her later fiction includes Awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, she was the first African American to win. While working all day, the housekeeper took care of her sons and in the evening Morrison cooked dinner and played with the boys until their bedtime. She dusted off the story she had written for the writer's group and decided to make it into a novel.She drew on her memories from childhood and expanded them with her imagination so that the characters developed a life of their own. Other than parenting, she found everything else boring by comparison.One week, having nothing to bring, she quickly wrote a story loosely based on a girl she knew in childhood who had prayed to God for blue eyes.The story was well received by the group and then Toni put it away thinking she was done with it.