Goodness and mercy in Toni Morrison’s writings

International Studies Visiting Assistant Professor Mara Willard is one of the editors of a new book exploring the writings of Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who died earlier this year. Goodness and the Literary Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2019) is a collection that includes Morrison’s 2012 Ingersoll Lecture at Harvard Divinity School, essays written by scholars on the religious dimension of Morrison’s fiction and literary criticism, and an interview with Morrison. Willard edited the volume along with Harvard University professors Davíd Carrasco and Stephanie Paulsell. Willard also contributed an essay to book titled “Morrison’s Pietàs as Participatory Loss and Love.” Publishers Weekly calls Goodness and the Literary Imagination “eloquent,” adding “This volume highlights Morrison’s invaluable contribution to American letters and suggests her influence will be felt for years to come.”

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