Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. The renowned novelist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, died Monday night August 5th, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf. The cause of death is not yet known.
Morrison was best known for her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel “Beloved”, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Born Chloe Ardella Wofford, Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University.
She is also the first black woman of any nationality to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature.
Morrison’s latest novel, God Help the Child, was published in 2015. She wrote through the toughest of times, including the death of her son in 2010.
Around the release of her 9th novel, Home, in 2012, Morrison told Interview magazine: “I stopped writing until I began to think, he would be really put out if he thought that he had caused me to stop.”