Revered novelist Toni Morrison has passed away at 88.
Morrison passed away Monday night, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf.
Morrison was a staple of the literature community and one of the most prominent Black voices of her generation.
She was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first African American woman to be so honored. Judges hailed her as one “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”
She was also bestowed America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2012.
Her novels included "Beloved," "The Bluest Eye," "Sula," "Song of Solomon," "Tar Baby," "Jazz," "Paradise," "Gold Help the Child," "Home," "A Mercy" and "Love."
Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved (1987). The novel was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities.
Morrison was honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Our condolences go out to her family.
“And I am all the things I have ever loved: scuppernong wine, cool baptisms in silent water, dream books and number playing.” ― Toni Morrison
May she rest in peace.