Toni Morrison entered America’s most prestigious Black University Howard University and graduated from there in 1953, while there she changed her name to Toni. She then went to Cornell to do her Masters and in 1955 acquired her degree with her thesis on suicide in the works of William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf. After her graduation she started as an English Instructor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, after two years she joined her Alma Mater Howard and married Harold Morrison. With him she had two children but they divorced in 1964. After her divorce she moved first to Syracuse New York and then to New York City as an editor at Random House. (Grimes)Morrison first began writing fiction as a member of a group of writers at Howard University who gathered to analyze each other’s work. One of her short stories was about a girl who loved blue eyes later this evolved into her first novel The Bluest Eye (1970), this novel was written when she was raising her children and teaching at Howard. (Grimes)
Toni Morrison is one of the most popular African American writers, and her books have been not only been critically acclaimed but they have also been regarded is very popular. What makes her stand out is her evolution as a writer and what she has written cannot be categorized as representing a movement like feminism, rather it has a universal appeal.