Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88


FILE – This May 29, 2012 file photo shows author Toni Morrison receiving a Medal of Freedom award during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, 81, had a novel out in the spring of 2012 and has said she’s working on a new one. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died.

Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88.

She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary force.”

Her novel “Beloved,” in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.

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