Author Toni Morrison, who was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died. The New York Times reports that Morrison died Monday at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx of complications from pneumonia.
The death of Morrison, who became a Nobel laureate in 1993, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. Morrison, who lived in Grand View-on-Hudson, N.Y., was 88.
“Ms. Morrison was the author of 11 novels as well as children’s books and essay collections,” The Times reports. “Among them were celebrated works like ‘Song of Solomon,’ which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, and ‘Beloved,’ which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.”
The report adds: “Ms. Morrison was one of the rare American authors whose books were both critical and commercial successes. Her novels appeared regularly on The New York Times best-seller list, were featured multiple times on Oprah Winfrey’s television book club and were the subject of myriad critical studies. A longtime faculty member at Princeton, Ms. Morrison lectured widely and was seen often on television.”
Here’s a clip of Morrison discussing race and racism, posted by the U.K. publication The Guardian …