Some described her as a "shining example to black women everywhere" and her death as "a devastating loss to the world of words". She received a BA in English from Howard University and an MA in English from Cornell University, where she studied the works of Faulkner and Virginia Woolf, two authors whose literary techniques influenced her greatest works.
She championed writers of colour and published the likes of Gayl Jones, Henry Dumas, Muhammad Ali and Angela Davis, among others.
Morrison, who was 88, died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in NY, according to her publisher, Penguin Random House. Winfrey was one of Morrison's biggest fans and featured four of her books in the influential book club portion of her daytime talk show. Nearly 20 years later, then-President Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Knopf, announced Tuesday that the award-winning author died Monday night at the Montefiore Medical Center in NY. The legendary author passed away on Monday at the age of 88, according to the New York Times. The news was confirmed by Morrison's family and her publisher.
"The Bluest Eye", Morrison's first novel, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1970. "It's very important to me that my work be African American; if it assimilates into a different or larger pool, so much the better".
I'm in mourning. But death puts no limit on Morrison's influence or presence in my life and in the lives of her readers. "On the campus, where I felt safe and welcome, I began to realize that this idea of the lighter, the better and the darker, the worse. really had an impact on sororities, on friendships, on all sorts of things, and it was stunning to me", she said in 2015.
Known for her searing and lyrical works about slavery and the history of African Americans, novelist Toni Morrison was widely regarded as one of the leading lights of USA literature and a champion for repressed minorities. The story of Sethe, a former slave haunted by her late daughter, the novel made a connection with Winfrey that inspired the talk show host to bring it to the silver screen. She later said that when she wrote, she was free from pain.
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has died, a friend confirms.
In 1964, she answered an ad to work in the textbook division of Random House. In November 2016, she wrote a frequently cited NY essay about the election of Donald Trump, calling his ascension to the presidency a mark of what whites would settle for to hold on to their status. Who knows where we would be without her? First, she needed Morrison to be willing to sell the rights.
Morrison's stories weave between the familiar and the fantastical: In Song of Solomon, a key element was an ancient folk tale about black people flying away from enslavement and back home to Africa.
Or, oh my god, here she is again on Charlie Rose, talking about the trouble with white identity: "If you can only be tall because somebody's on their knees, then you have a serious problem".
Morrison was also nurturer of young Black writers.
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