Read about the life and works of acclaimed novelist Toni Morrison, who masterfully captures the experiences of African Americans in her brilliant works. In a career spanning nearly fifty years, Morrison has shown the world, again and again, her peerless ability to supplement a critique of American history with bottomless psychological insight.
Writers have the ability to exert a global impact—words are permanent, and as such, very quickly become sources of education, inspiration, and contemplation.
Here’s a list of 11 writers who have ascertained a place in history as impactful on the field of American literature in both the past and the present as well as every period in between. Let’s get to it!