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April 22, 1996 Press Contact: Josh Schonwald
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Toni Morrison to Speak on “The Trouble With Paradise” at the University of Chicago

Toni Morrison, awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for her works of fiction, will present the William Vaughn Moody Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the University of Chicago. The lecture, tentatively titled “The Trouble With Paradise,” is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The Nobel committee of the Swedish Academy said of Morrison, “She delves into the language itself, a language she wants to liberate from the fetters of race. And she addresses us with the luster of poetry.”

Morrison was recently named the 1996 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her novels include Jazz; The Bluest Eye; Sula; Tar Baby; Song of Solomon,winner of the National Book Critics award in 1977; and Beloved,winner of the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written literary criticism and several collections of essays, including Playing in the Dark. She also edited the collection Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas and the Construction of Social Reality.

Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton. She was previously a senior editor at Random House for 20 years. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

The Moody Lecture Series was established in 1916 in honor of William Vaughn Moody, Professor of English at the University of Chicago, who was a widely known poet and dramatist during the first decade of the 20th century.

Morrison will be speaking at 4 p.m. Friday, May 10 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

For more information, call 702-3315.
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