Her prose has left a rich, powerful literary legacy.
One of America’s greatest authors, Toni Morrison had died at the age of 88.
The award-winning author who penned novels such as The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, also was the first black woman to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Beloved, which was also turned into a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey.
Author Margaret Altwood wrote how this particular novel impacted her, saying, “Indeed, Ms. Morrison’s versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds. If there were any doubts about her stature as a pre-eminent American novelist, of her own or any other generation, ‘Beloved’ will put them to rest. In three words or less, it’s a hair-raiser.”
In 2012 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
Her words inspired millions.