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Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Has Died at 88

“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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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.”



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.

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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.









*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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