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"Song of Solomon" was published in 1977 and examines the upbringing of a man from Ohio named Macon "Milkman" Dead III who goes throughout life in search of his identity. The story takes a deep dive into the theories of life and death and won her several awards including contributing to her winning the Nobel Prize.

Fans online have expressed how the novel about a man named Dead impacted their lives for the better.

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"The Bluest Eye" was published in 1970 and tells the story of a young Black girl named Pecola who is regarded as ugly due to the darkness of her skin. She becomes obsessed with whiteness. The novel goes on to explore the standard of beauty in America and the marginalized groups it excludes.

"The Bluest Eye" is recognized as not only brilliant but also controversial. It was banned from an Ohio high school for being "unsuited for age group," and containing "controversial issues" including sexual assault and child abuse.

But readers recognize the novel as one of Morrison's greatest works and credited it for putting many people of color on the path to self-discovery. 

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