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    The measure of our lives : a gathering of wisdom / Toni Morrison ; foreword by Zadie Smith
    Book | Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House | 2019 | First edition.
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    First edition.
    viii, 129 pages ; 18 cm
    "A version of the foreword first appeared as "Daughters of Toni: A Remembrance" by Zadie Smith in PEN America as part of "Tribute to Toni Morrision (1931-2019)" on August 7, 2019." -- Title page verso.
    "This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction--from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard--to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison's literary vision. Its sequence of flashes of revelation--remarkable for their linguistic felicity, keenness of psychological observation, and philosophical profundity--addresses issues of abiding interest in Morrison's work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the humanity and art of black people"-- Provided by publisher.
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    Smith, Zadie, foreword.
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