The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 12, 2019 - Literary Collections - 368 pages
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Here is the Nobel Prize winner in her own words: a rich gathering of her most important essays and speeches, spanning four decades that "speaks to today’s social and political moment as directly as this morning’s headlines” (NPR).

These pages give us her searing prayer for the dead of 9/11, her Nobel lecture on the power of language, her searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., her heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. She looks deeply into the fault lines of culture and freedom: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, “black matter(s),” human rights, the artist in society, the Afro-American presence in American literature. And she turns her incisive critical eye to her own work (The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, Paradise) and that of others.

An essential collection from an essential writer, The Source of Self-Regard shines with the literary elegance, intellectual prowess, spiritual depth, and moral compass that have made Toni Morrison our most cherished and enduring voice.
 

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Some superb pieces headline this rich, if perhaps overstocked, collection of primarily spoken addresses and tributes by Nobel laureate Morrison. Many are prescient and highly relevant to the present ... Read full review

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Contents

The Dead of September
3
Racism and Fascism
14
Wartalk
21
The Press in Deed
33
Moral Inhabitants
41
The Price of Wealth the Cost of Care
49
The Individual Artist
58
Arts Advocacy
64
Gertrude Stein and the Difference She Makes
205
Hard True and Lasting
220
James Baldwin Eulogy
229
Gods Language
246
Grendel and His Mother
255
The Writer Before the Page
263
The Trouble with Paradise
271
On Beloved
280

The Slavebody and the Blackbody
74
Women Race and Memory
86
Literature and Public Life
96
The Nobel Lecture in Literature
102
Cinderellas Stepsisters
110
Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr
129
Black Matters
140
Academic Whispers
198
Introduction of Peter Sellars
287
Faulkner and Women
296
The Source of SelfRegard
304
Rememory
322
Race Surrogacy and Farewell
334
Reading the Writing and Writing the Reading
346
Sources
353
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TONI MORRISON is the author of eleven novels and three essay collections. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019.

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