Desdemona

ISBN-10: 1849433895

ISBN-13: 9781849433891

Edition: 2012

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Description: “Ms. Morrison crafts muscular sentences that accumulate a poetic force."—The New York TimesThe story of Desdemona from William Shakespeare'sOthellois reimagined by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Malian singer and songwriter Rokia Traoré, and acclaimed stage director Peter Sellars.Morrison's response to Sellars’ 2009 production ofOthellois an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.Desdemona is an extraordinary narrative of words, music and song about Shakespeare’s doomed heroine, who speaks from the grave about the traumas of race, class, gender, war—and the transformative power of love. Toni Morrison transports one of the most iconic, central, and disturbing treatments of race in Western culture into the new realities and potential outcomes facing a rising generation of the twenty-first century.Toni Morrisonwas awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, includingThe Bluest Eye,Beloved(made into a major film),Paradiseand, most recently,Home. She has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction. In addition toDesdemonaher theatrical work includes writing the text forMargaret Garner(music composed by Richard Danielpour), andDreaming Emmettan unpublished play directed by Gilbert Moses and performed at the Marketplace Capitol Repertory Theater of Albany. Morrison has written lyrics for Kathleen Battle (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), Sylvia McNair, Jessye Norman, and Andre Previn. Morrison founded the Princeton Atelier which for fifteen years has brought actors, composers, writers, and artists of all genres together to work with students on the artists’ own projects. Several of her novels, includingThe Bluest Eye, have been adapted for the stage.

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Book details

List price: $9.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oberon Books, Limited
Publication date: 7/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, and Home. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1977 for Song of Solomon, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She also co-wrote children's books with her younger son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge.

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