Toni Morrison Other literary forms

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Although primarily a novelist, Toni Morrison has published some short fiction, a few works of nonfiction, some edited volumes, and some children’s books. Among her edited volumes are The Black Book: Three Hundred Years of African American Life (1974), a collection of documents and articles on African American history compiled by Middleton Harris, and a collection of Toni Cade Bambara’s writings titled Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays, and Conversations (1996). Among Morrison’s notable nonfiction works are many essays, such as “The Site of Memory,” published in Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir, edited by William Zinsser (1987), and “Unspeakable Things Unspoken: The Afro-American Presence in American Literature,” which first appeared in the winter, 1989, issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review. She has also published the nonfiction works Remember: The Journey to School Integration (2004) and What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction (2008).

With her son, Slade Morrison, she has produced several children’s books in a series titled Who’s Got Game?; titles in the series include The Ant or the Grasshopper? (2003) and The Lion or the Mouse? (2003). Morrison’s first play, Dreaming Emmett (pr. 1986), was commissioned by the New York State Writers Institute of the State University of New York. Honey and Rue, a musical piece with lyrics by Toni Morrison and music by André Previn, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for soprano Kathleen Battle and premiered in January, 1992.