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Toni Morrison to receive National Humanities Medal

Novelist and Princeton University Humanities Professor Toni Morrison was honored as a National Humanities Medalist on Wednesday, December 20, by President Clinton, in recognition of her contributions to American cultural life and thought. The National Endowment for the Humanities, which sponsors the awards, described Morrison as America's most renowned black woman writer.
     Recipients are distinguished individuals who have set the highest standards for American cultural achievement, according to the NEH. President Clinton, who selected the winners, and First Lady Hillary Clinton are scheduled to present the medals Dec. 20 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall. The medalists will be honored that evening at a White House dinner.
   Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton, an appointment she has held since 1989. Her seven major novels, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, have received extensive critical acclaim.
     Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, Morrison was the first African-American winner and the first woman to win since 1938. She also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved, and the National Book Critics Award in 1977 for Song of Solomon.

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Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities
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