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The Source of Self-Regard

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
Feb 12, 2019 | 368 Pages
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The Source of Self-Regard speaks to today’s social and political moment as directly as this morning’s headlines… a call to action… Morrison tackles headfirst the weighty issues that have long troubled America’s conscience… profoundly insightful…Is it a collection worth reading? Undoubtedly… Throughout the collection she calls on us to do what she knows, what we should all know, is possible: “To lessen suffering, to know the truth and tell it, to raise the bar of humane expectation.”

“Clearly we do not deserve Morrison, and clearly we need her badly…In this collection of nonfiction written over the past four decades, the revered (and sometimes controversial) author reinforces her status as a piercing and visionary analyst of history, society, literature, language, and, always, race… the book explodes into pure brilliance… despite its overflowing content, the book still inspires the desire for more… The Source of Self-Regard is the definitive statement that Morrison, who has thought as much as anyone about the ways countries, cultures, and people fail and hurt each other and themselves, still believes that we can be better.”
—The Boston Globe

“Brilliantly incisive essays, speeches, and meditations considering race, power, identity, and art… Powerful, highly compelling pieces from one of our greatest writers.”
—Kirkus (starred review)

“Morrison turns a critical eye on race, social politics, money, feminism, culture, and the press, with the essential mandate that each of us bears the responsibility for reaching beyond our superficial identities and circumstances for a closer look at what it means to be human.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Some superb pieces headline this rich collection…Prescient and highly relevant to the present political moment…”
—Publishers Weekly

Table Of Contents


The Dead of September 11
The Foreigner’s Home
Racism and Fascism
The War on Error
A Race in Mind: The Press in Deed
Moral Inhabitants
The Price of Wealth, the Cost of Care
The Habit of Art
The Individual Artist
Arts Advocacy
Sarah Lawrence Commencement Address
The Slavebody and the Blackbody
Harlem on My Mind: Contesting Memory—
     Meditation on Museums, Culture, and Integration
Women, Race, and Memory
Literature and Public Life
The Nobel Lecture in Literature
Cinderella’s Stepsisters
The Future of Time: Literature and Diminished Expectations


Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Race Matters
Black Matter(s)
Unspeakable Things Unspoken:
      The Afro-American Presence in American Literature
Academic Whispers 198
Gertrude Stein and the Difference She Makes 205
Hard, True, and Lasting 220


James Baldwin Eulogy
The Site of Memory
God’s Language
Grendel and His Mother
The Writer Before the Page
The Trouble with Paradise
On Beloved
Chinua Achebe
Introduction of Peter Sellars
Tribute to Romare Bearden
Faulkner and Women
The Source of Self-Regard
Memory, Creation, and Fiction
Goodbye to All That: Race, Surrogacy, and Farewell
Invisible Ink: Reading the Writing and Writing the Reading

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