US novelist, essayist, editor, and teacher Toni Morrison died on the evening of Monday, August 5, 2019.
Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. She has one of the most respected bodies of work having written the novels The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), Paradise (1997), Love (2003), A Mercy (2008), Home (2012), and God Help the Child (2015).
Apart from her fiction for adults, Toni Morrison also wrote children’s literature, short fiction, plays, essay collections and more.
The American author won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved which went on to be adapted into a film of the same name in 1998. Some of her other awards were the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Norman Mailer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the first black woman to win the award.
Associated Press has reported that Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York. She was 88.
Our condolences to the author’s family, friends and millions of fans around the world.