Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize, for Literature and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize was the first recipient of the Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters. She received her award on October 17, 2002 when she spoke at Bucknell.
Morrison is the author of seven major novels, including Song of Solomon, which earned her the 1977 National Book Critics Award and Beloved, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
The recipient of degrees from Howard and Cornell universities, she has received honorary degrees from numerous schools including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Lawrence, Dartmouth, and Yale.
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