- B.A. in English, minor in Classics, Howard University, 1953
- M.F.A. in English, Cornell University, 1955
Toni Morrison has published six novels (among them Beloved, for which she won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction), a play, and a critical study on the role of race in the reader/writer relationship. She has taught at several colleges and universities and worked for 15 years as senior editor at Random House in New York City.