(from Heavy.com, Aug.6)

Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88 on August 5. The famed African-American author and Nobel Prize winner’s death was announced August 6 by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, in a statement.

The announcement of her death included a quote from Morrison, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

The publishing company said, “Morrison’s novels were celebrated and embraced by booksellers, critics, educators, readers, and librarians. Her work also ignited controversy, notably in school districts that tried to ban her books. Few American writers won more awards for their books and writing.”

In 1988, Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work “Beloved.” She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, becoming the first African-American female author to receive the award, in 1993, with the Swedish Academy saying she was an author “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

President Barack Obama, who presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, said in a statement after Morrison’s death, “Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. Her writing was a beautiful, meaningful challenge to our conscience and our moral imagination. What a gift to breathe the same air as her, if only for a while.”



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