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Toni Morrison Remembers

Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, America's first lady of literature, talks to Alan Yentob about her life and work. Contributors include Angela Davis and singer Jessye Norman.

Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is America's first lady of literature. Her books encompass black American history but live and breathe in the present, rich in vivid characters, haunted by ghosts. Born poor in Ohio in 1931, she now lives in New York.

In a film first shown in 2015, she tells Alan Yentob how her father hated whites so much he wouldn't let them in the house. Her masterpiece, Beloved, shows the horrors of slavery perhaps better than any other artwork. She talks as she writes - with warmth and wit. Contributors include Angela Davis (whose biography she edited) and singer Jessye Norman.

1 hour, 10 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest Toni Morrison
Participant Angela Davis
Participant Jessye Norman
Producer Jill Nicholls
Director Jill Nicholls
Series Editor Alan Yentob

Broadcasts

  • Tue 14 Jul 2015 22:40
  • Tue 14 Jul 2015 23:10
  • Sat 8 Aug 2015 01:55
  • Wed 8 Mar 2017 23:00

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