Toni Morrison, Visionary Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88

Toni Morrison, Visionary Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88

Toni Morrison, Visionary Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88

Morrison published her first book, The Bluest Eye, aged 39 in 1970, and wrote on stolen time for years, juggling her responsibilities as an editor and parent, until she gained critical and popular acclaim with Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981) and Beloved (1987).

In 1993, she was the first black woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Nobel laureate and celebrated, best-selling author Toni Morrison died Monday at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia.

Toni Morrison belonged to an African American family and was second among the four children in a working-class.

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Her work was also heavily influenced by her upbringing in Georgia where racial discrimination was very much present.

According to the Associated Press, Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in NY after a short illness. Her monumental body of work will live on to inspire generations to come. She passed away peacefully at night, surrounded by family and friends.

In other words, she was a major figure in literature. "Here, in New Jersey, we will remember her not only by her remarkable achievements, but also by the countless lives that she touched with her lovely storytelling and brilliant writing". She will always be remembered as one the 20th century biggest literary titans.

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