Toni Morrison, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize, has died at age 88. Knopf, the author’s publisher, confirmed she passed away on Monday night.
Morrison was best known for capturing the joys, passions, heartaches and pains of the Black experience in novels such as Beloved, Song of Solomon and A Mercy.
In the '90s, Morrison won several awards and accolades for her work. She was chosen for a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1996 and the 1996 National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.