Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ author and Nobel laureate, dies at 88

Toni Morrison, author of critical works of literature on the black experience such as “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and “Sula” and the very first African-American lady to win a Nobel Prize, has passed away, Knopf, her publisher revealed this to CNN.

Until her death, she was 88.

Morrison’s books looked unflinchingly on the lives of African Americans and published their stories with a particular lyricism, from the post-Civil War maelstrom of “Beloved” to the colonial setting of “A Mercy” to the modern-day yet timeless problems illustrated in her 11th book, “God Help the Child.” Her skill for linking the plain truths of black life with tips of wonderful realism and spectacular prose got Morrison a faithful literary following. She was admired for her capability to install intricate characters and develop historically thick worlds remote in time yet strangely familiar to the contemporary reader.

Themes such as slavery, misogyny, colorism and supernaturalism came to life in her hands.An embellished author, editor and teacher– to name a few distinguished scholastic appointments, she was a professor emeritus at Princeton University– Morrison stated writing was the state in which she discovered real liberty/freedom.

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