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 (môr′ĭ-sən, mŏr′-), Toni Originally Chloe Wofford. Born 1931.
American writer who won the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature. Her novels, such as Sula (1973) and Beloved (1987), examine the experiences of African Americans.


1. (Biography) Herbert Stanley, Baron Morrison of Lambeth. 1888–1965, British Labour statesman, Home Secretary and Minister for Home Security in Churchill's War Cabinet (1942–45)
2. (Biography) Jim, full name James Douglas Morrison. 1943–71, US rock singer and songwriter, lead vocalist with the Doors
3. (Biography) Toni, full name Chloe Anthony Morrison. born 1931, US novelist, whose works include Sula (1974), Song of Solomon (1977), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1998): awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993
4. (Biography) Van, full name George Ivan Morrison. born 1945, Northern Irish rock singer and songwriter. His albums include Astral Weeks (1968), Moondance (1970), Avalon Sunset (1989), and Days Like These (1995)


(ˈmɔr ə sən, ˈmɒr-)

Toni (Chloe Anthony Wofford), born 1931, U.S. novelist: Nobel prize 1993.
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Noun1.Morrison - United States rock singer (1943-1971)
2.Morrison - United States writer whose novels describe the lives of African-Americans (born in 1931)
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Cramsie tends to describe them as Moryson and his "stand-ins," yet there is really very little sense in which they themselves appreciated their work in this way.
The two quotations that accompany the portrait in this survey attest to the extremity and vanity that Curzon's appearance exudes: in the first, Montaigne ridicules the slender waists achieved through measures such as swallowing gravel, ashes, coals, dust, tallow, and candles; in the second, Fynes Moryson remarks upon the strange practice of wearing a mirror at one's girdle (Morse 59).
Fynes Moryson, an inveterate traveler, knew well their benefits: in his Itinerary, published in 1617, he advises travelers to write "notes each day, at morne and at even in his Inne, within writing Tables carried about him, and after at leasure into a paper booke, that many yeers after he may looke over them at his pleasure" (12).
But for the adventurer Fynes Moryson, writing a few years into the reign, more pertinent parallels were to be found further east.
Fynes Moryson may have scoffed at the "pieces and Patches" of plays the English actors performed at the Frankfurt Fair in 1592, (37) but at least one late sixteenth-century report suggests that his countrymen "returned home rewarded, and loaded with gold and silver.
Similar to another traveler Fynes Moryson (1566-1630), Lithgow takes Turkish as supporters of tyrannical masculinity.
When Fynes Moryson toured Ireland in the mid-sixteenth century, he noted on two occasions when he saw something very odd: large stuffed animals.
In addition to acting as the official emissary of her people to the colonial government on several occasions, she seems to have used the occasions of her trips to Jamestown to cultivate political relationships with such powerful individuals as Deputy Governor Francis Moryson.
Fynes Moryson commented on the improvisatory skill of the Italian players he saw in Florence, 'espetially the women'.
73) Fynes Moryson himself spoke of "Babylonian confusion" and denounced the fact that all "goe apparelled like a gentleman.
Another example is provided by Fynes Moryson, secretary to Lord Deputy Mountjoy, whose observations of the Nine Years' War represent one of our best sources for the period.
Rawson writes, "Montaigne's relationship to Lery may have been similar to that of Swift to Moryson in that the lesser author in each case provided the explicit examples which the greater refused to exploit.