Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, OH. Her award winning novels chronicle small-town African-American life, employing "an artistic vision that encompasses both a private and a national heritage," to quote Time magazine contributor Angela Wigan. She is considered a great storyteller through here works such as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved.
Wallace Stegner was born on February 18, 1909 in Lake Mills, IA and died on April 13, 1993 in Santa Fe, NM. The American West figured prominently in his writings. His novel The Big Rock Candy Mountain ranges over North Dakota, Washington, Minnesota, and Saskatchewan. The Pulitzer Prize winning Angle of Repose concerns a professor in California who writes a book about his grandmother, an illustrator and writer of the old West.
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