Legion of Honor society member Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is "beloved" in France, said the country's culture minister as he inducted the celebrated U.S. novelist into the elite Legion of Honor. In a ceremony held in a gilded hall in the ministry, Frederic Mitterrand pinned a red-and-gold medal onto the celebrated author's jacket. Mitterrand called Morrison โ€” a Nobel laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize โ€” "the greatest American novelist of her time." Access Atlanta reports that Mitterand told Morrison, "I want to tell you that you incarnate what's most beautiful about America โ€ฆ (that) which gives a black child, born during segregation into a modest family in a medium-sized Ohio city an exceptional destiny," as she listened on from a gilt-covered armchair nearby. "You were the first woman writer to tell the painful history of Afro-Americans." Toni Morrison's contribution to society through literature is unparalleled, especially in this day and age. Congratulations to the "beloved" author.

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