Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Has Died at 88
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning-novelist Toni Morrison died on Monday at age 88. Her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight."
The Knopf account also tweeted out a Morrison quote from her 1993 Nobel Lecture: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
We are profoundly sad to report that Toni Morrison has died at the age of eighty-eight.— Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf) August 6, 2019
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”
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As ELLE wrote back in 2015, "More than any other contemporary American writer... Toni Morrison has claimed the historically explosive, intertwined subjects of race and gender via a series of profound, nonpareil novels, beginning with The Bluest Eye in 1970."
Born in Ohio in 1931, Morrison wrote The Bluest Eye while working as a book editor and raising her two young sons. She went on to write Sula in 1973 and Song of Solomon in 1977. Beloved, for which she won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, was published in 1987. In 1993, she became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In 2012, President Obama awarded Morrison the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor in the country. She is also the author of the novels Tar Baby (1981), Jazz (1992), A Mercy (2008), Home (2012), and God Help the Child (2015), as well as many works of non-fiction and the libretto to an opera.
She was remembered by many on Twitter as an incomparable and irreplaceable voice.
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) August 6, 2019
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has passed away aged 88. She was one of the most powerful and influential literary forces of our time.
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Toni Morrison was a towering intellect, a brilliant scribe of our nation’s complex stories, a heartbreaking journalist of our deepest desires, and a groundbreaking author who destroyed precepts, walls and those who dared underestimate her capacity. Rest well and in peace. pic.twitter.com/nMkxXRtEoz— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 6, 2019
Thank you Toni Morrison for sharing your many gifts with us. “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” - Toni Morrison Song of Solomon— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) August 6, 2019
"Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind."— Leela Daou (@leeladaou) August 6, 2019
Thank you for sharing your gift with us, Toni Morrison. Rest in peace.???????? pic.twitter.com/Bf2MoyqIqG