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'Beloved' Author Toni Morrison Dead at 88

By Daniel Goldblatt

Toni Morrison — who won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel "Beloved" — passed away on Monday night. She was 88.

A friend confirmed her passing to the Associated Press and Vulture reports that a cause of death is not yet known.

Her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, released a statement on Tuesday, saying, "We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight."

It then quoted one of her works, saying, "We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."


Her family released a statement, through Princeton University, saying, "It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life."

They continued, "While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life."

Besides her Pulitzer Prize award, Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was the first black woman to win the award.

Her book "Beloved" was turned into a movie in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey and Donald Glover. The story chronicles the life of a black woman from her days as a slave in Kentucky to her life as a free woman living in Cincinnati. It was based on the true story of Margaret Garner.

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