What Moves at the Margin pdf Summary Review by Toni Morrison

What Moves at the Margin pdf Summary

What Moves at the Margin pdf book collects three decades of Toni Morrison’s writings about her work, her life, literature, and American society. The works included in this volume range from 1971, when Morrison (b. 1931) was a new editor at Random House and a beginning novelist, to 2002 when she was a professor at Princeton University and Nobel Laureate. Even in the early days of her career, in between editing other writers, writing her own novels, and raising two children, she found time to speak out on subjects that mattered to her. From the reviews and essays written for major publications to her moving tributes to other writers to the commanding acceptance speeches for major literary awards, Morrison has consistently engaged as a writer outside the margins of her fiction. These works provide a unique glimpse into Morrison’s viewpoint as an observer of the world, the arts, and the changing landscape of American culture.

The first section of the book, -Family and History, – includes Morrison’s writings about her family, Black women, Black history, and her own works. The second section, -Writers and Writing, – offers her assessments of writers she admires and books she reviewed, edited at Random House, or gave a special affirmation to with a foreword or an introduction. The final section, -Politics and Society, – includes essays and speeches where Morrison addresses issues in American society and the role of language and literature in the national culture.

Among other pieces, this collection includes a reflection on 9/11, reviews of such seminal books by Black writers as Albert Murray’s South to a Very Old Place and Gayl Jones’s Corregidora, an essay on teaching moral values in the university, a eulogy for James Baldwin, and Morrison’s Nobel lecture. Taken together, What Moves at the Margin documents the response to our time by one of American literature’s most thoughtful and eloquent writers.

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emerita at the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University and is the author of SulaSong of SolomonBelovedParadise, and other novels. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. Carolyn C. Denard is the author of scholarly essays on Toni Morrison and the forthcoming Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison. She is Associate Dean of the College at Brown University and founder of the Toni Morrison Society.


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Margaret Deeb

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2013

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Spending time with Toni Morrison, hearing her voice, I got caught up with her, in her brilliance. It is a marvel to me just how brilliant she is, this glimpse into how her mind works, into what it is to be intellectually brilliant and soulful too, and a voice so assured that she gets right down to it from the first moment and never lets up.

After reading only a little I knew why I had to buy the Morrison book, (which was expensive for me)…to hear her many words, spoken over a long life, that give ultimate value to the Word and its redemptive qualities.

She has such a unique voice that she calls up something different in me than anyone else has, and it is a bit like waking, like revelation, like not being fully awake but coming awake, and yet lost in that area of not being quite lucid yet.

I often jot quotes from books in a journal but I couldn’t pull out the things she wrote that moved me most because they wouldn’t have it. They have to remain whole to be what they are. She has no sound bytes but what happens with the few sentences you can pull out, is you get a reminder from them but not the whole wallop over the head that says something you can’t repeat and not only because you can’t remember and do not even know, but only for it having spoken to you way down deep.

Returning to “What Moves at the Margin” later, from my own thoughts came these odd feelings that I could join her in my way – not as intelligently, not from a place of being as educated or well read, not from any of the places she has been, but from the places I have been.

This, I would guess, is the whole point.

Mari Perron, St. Paul, MN

Sharron F Tucker

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book! Beautiful Condition!
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021

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This book arrived quickly and was in excellent condition! It was beautifully double wrapped just like the special book it is! Thanks to Sequitur Books! We’d order from them again without hesitation.

Jasmine Long

5.0 out of 5 stars This book! Game changer !
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2017

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Her idioms ! Pure genius. The way she articulates and describes the way her works personal situations social occurrences particular references texts articles history people culture relationships react bounce off of and influence each other using race, blackness as her underlying tone is absolute genius ! You end up wanting to re read sole chapters because of the impact of her words, the whole book is quotable. Favored for a very important worthy impactful reason.


5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2012

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This woman moves mountains with words. The best writing about 9/11 I have ever read. I only wondered where I’ve been and how I’ve survived this long without the words of this writer to inspire my mind and exercise my heart muscle. Do not read if you are allergic to deep thought or strong feelings. Wonderful.

About Toni Morrison Author of What Moves at the Margin pdf Book

Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) What Moves at the Margin pdf Book was an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best known are her novels The Bluest Eye Song of Solomon , and Beloved , which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. In 2001 she was named one of “The 30 Most Powerful Women in America” by Ladies’ Home Journal

What Moves at the Margin Pdf book, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

What Moves at the Margin pdf
What Moves at the Margin pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University Press of Mississippi; Illustrated edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 212 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 160473017X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1604730173
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.02 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.56 x 0.95 x 8.14 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #819,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #2,206 in American Literature Criticism
  • #3,794 in Essays (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.9 out of 5 stars    69 ratings

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