Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is 81 years old and has lived a life that most people could never imagine. It’s only natural that fans of her work, which includes the classics Song of Solomon, Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and numerous others, would want a peek into her creative process and her life journey; Morrison actually wrote The Bluest Eye while raising two children and working full time…who wouldn’t want to read that story. Alas, she has decided not to write a memoir, insisting that she prefers to focus on fiction and explaining that “there’s a point at which your life is not interesting.” I beg to differ!
While you’ve got to respect Toni Morrison for choosing to do the kind of writing she wants to do, her story in her own well-crafted words would be amazing. There are so many black women in history whose first person stories would surely be fascinating; how excited would you be if historians discovered memoirs written by Harriet Tubman, Betty Shabazz or Dorothy Dandridge (and I mean real memoirs, not the sterilized, ghost-written PR efforts that too many stars offer these days)? Toni Morrison has earned the right to keep the details of her life to herself, but she joins the long list of black women whose lives will only be understood through documents, memories, and other second and third person accounts of their greatness.