NOBEL LAUREATE TONI MORRISON DEAD AT 88

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Author, educator and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88.

Her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, said Morrison passed away Monday night at a hospital in New York, from an unknown illness.

Morrison had a decorated career that spanned six decades. In 1993, she was the first African American woman to win a Nobel prize. The Associated Press reported that “the Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her ‘visionary force.’”

Morrison also worked as an editor at Random House. According to the Associated Press, Morrison’s 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.

In 2012, Morrison was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama – the highest civilian honor in the United States.

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