HILLEL ITALY Associated Press
NEW YORK – In much of the world, the late Toni Morrison was a novelist, celebrated for classics such as “Beloved”, “Song of Solomon” and “The Bluest Eye”.
But the Nobel Laureate did not limit herself to just one genre of writing.
Morrison has also completed plays, poems, essays, and short stories, one of which will be released in book form on February 1. “Recitative,” written by Morrison in the early 1980s and rarely seen over the following decades, follows the lives of two women from childhood to their contrasting fortunes in adulthood. Zadie Smith provides an introduction and the audio edition of the story is read by actor Bahni Turpin.
According to Autumn M. Womack, professor of English and African American studies at Princeton University, where Morrison taught for years, the author had written short fiction films at least since his college days at the University. Howard and Cornell University, although she never published a story. collection.
“Recitative” was included in the 1983 release “Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women”, co-edited by poet-playwright Amiri Baraka and now out of print.
“One of the main points to remember [‘Recitatif’] is that you will begin to think of her as someone who has experienced the form. You will move away from the idea that she was only a novelist and see her as someone who tried all kinds of writing, ”Womack said.