Toni Morrison’s novels included “The Bluest Eye,” “Beloved,” and its sequel, “Jazz.”
Toni Morrison, the main African American lady to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has passed on following a concise sickness, her family said in an announcement Tuesday. She was 88.
“It is with significant bitterness we share that, following a short illness, our venerated mother and grandma, Toni Morrison, passed away gently the previous evening surrounded by family and companions,” they said.
“Despite the fact that her passing speaks to a huge misfortune, we are appreciative she had a long, all around lived life,” the announcement included, portraying her as “the consummate writer who treasured the written word.”
Morrison composed 11 books, huge numbers of them addressing life as a dark American, in a sparkling scholarly and grant loaded vocation that kept going more than six decades.
She won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for her 1987 novel “Adored”. Set after the American Civil War during the 1860s, the story focused on a slave who got away Kentucky to the free state of Ohio.
The book was later turned into a film starring Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey.
Morrison got various different awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
In 1996, she was honored with the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
In 2012 then-President Barack Obama gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2016 she got the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.
Tributes quickly poured in for her on Tuesday.
“She was an incredible lady and an extraordinary author, and I don’t know which I will miss more,” Robert Gottlieb, Morrison’s long-lasting proofreader at Knopf distributors, said in an announcement sent to AFP.
Sonny Mehta, director of Knopf, said he could “consider a couple of scholars in American letters who composed with greater mankind or with more love for language than Toni.”
“Her narratives and mesmerizing prose have made an indelible mark on our culture. Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works, and more importantly, they are books that remain beloved by readers,” he said.
Morrison was born in Ohio on February 18, 1931. “The Bluest Eye,” her first novel, was published in 1970. She followed up with “Sula” in 1973, going on to publish another nine novels.
Toni Morrison also spent time as an editor at Random House and taught at Princeton University.
Toni Morrison died at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York on Monday.
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