Celebrated Novelist and Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison dies aged 88

Toni Morrison

The first black woman to win a Nobel Prize, celebrated novelist and author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88 after a short illness.

According to a report on the BBC, the Morrisson family confirmed, “with profound sadness” that Morrison had died “following a short illness.”

She will be remembered for her Best-selling Novel “Beloved”,  which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Perhaps Morrison contemplated death even before it came for her.

“We die,” Morrison concluded her Nobel Prize speech. “That maybe the meaning of life. But we do language. That maybe the measure of our lives.”

She has left a big presence with all her achievements and inspiration she offered to many people of color.

Morrison was awarded a Pulitzer, a Nobel Prize, Worked as an editor at Random House for 19 years, and was also Chair of Humanities at Princeton University where she taught from 1989 to 2006.

She wrote 11 novels and numerous other works and her novel Beloved was adapted into a feature movie starring Oprah Winfrey.

Her family reported that her death was a “tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”

Her editor and friend Robert Gottlieb from Knopf publishers also said, “She was a great woman and a great writer, and I don’t know which I will miss more.”

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