Novelist Toni Morrison
has received national acclaim for books such as The Bluest Eye
, Song of Solomon,
Morrison often credits the works of William Faulkner, Jane Austen and Virginia Wolf for helping her develop complex characters, settings and plots. Yet I discovered while writing that she admired and was deeply encouraged by James Baldwin
In 1987, Morrison wrote an essay in The New York Times Book Review
honoring Baldwin's work as a writer.