Born on February 18, 1931, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, editor and professor. She has written non-fiction works, essays, criticism and librettos. For almost half a century her subject has been racial prejudice in the USA, a story that she has told and retold with a steadiness of rage and compassion. Her novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language and richly detailed African-American characters: The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song Of Solomon, Beloved, Jazz, Love and A Mercy. Morrison has earned a plethora of awards, accolades and honorary degrees, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 from her friend Barack Obama.