The Source of Self-regard

The Source of Self-regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

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The most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.

The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, goodness in the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars. In all, The Source of Self-Regard is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525521037
Branch Call Number: 814. 6 MOR 2019-02
Characteristics: ix, 354 pages ; 25 cm


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May 01, 2019

I will leave it to Cornel West to pay tribute to Toni Morrison on my behalf …

This is a very special moment, not just in the history of Princeton University, not just in the history of American Civilization. This is a very special moment in the early part of the 21st century to salute and pay tribute to such a towering artist, an inimitable genius among us … because, believe me, when the American [Edward] Gibbon comes along and writes about the grand history of the rise and fall of the American empire …

he or she will have much to say about a monumental text written in 1851 by a literary genius named Herman Melville wrestling with the whiteness of a whale, will have much to say about the classic of 1929 "The Sound and the Fury" written by that white literary blues man William Faulkner, and will have much to say about the classic of 1987 "Beloved" written by Princeton’s own Toni Morrison as part of what it is to be a part of literary immortality

Cornel West, the inaugural Toni Morrison Lectures at Princeton University, October 2006, "The Gifts of Black Folk in the Age of Terrorism"

two lectures available here

Feb 22, 2019

This new collection brings together essays, occasional pieces, and speeches by the Nobel laureate and one of America's most important and influential writers. While everything is worth reading, her essays on the American canon and the challenges of black writers.

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