Toni Morrisons fourth novel Tar Baby was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1981. When it was released her picture appeared on the cover of Newsweek, which also featured an article describing her as “an editor at Random House, a teacher (formerly at Yale, currently at Bard College), a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, an active member of the National Council on the Arts and a prize-winning novelist” (Strouse, “Tony Morrison’s Black Magic”, Newsweek, March 30th, 1981). Tar Baby was preceded by the successful Song of Solomon (1977), which had earned Morrison the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Academy and …
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