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- Full Title: Song of Solomon
- When Written: 1975-77
- Where Written: Washington, D.C.
- When Published: 1977
- Literary Period: Postmodernism, African-American Literature
- Genre: Magical realism, Bildungsroman, epic
- Setting: Unnamed town in Michigan
- Climax: Milkman’s discovery of his great-grandfather, Solomon.
- Antagonist: Guitar
- Point of View: Third person limited. The novel moves between dozens of characters’ points of view.
Late Bloomer: Morrison didn’t publish her first novel, The Bluest Eye, until she was almost forty years old. Over the next two decades, she had one of the most impressive runs of any American writer, publishing Sula, Tar Baby, and Beloved, within just a few years of each other.
Awards, awards, awards: Morrison has won virtually every honor available for an American writer: the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, etc. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. As of 2015, she is the most recent American, the only American woman, and the only African American to win this honor.