“I’m Writing for Black People. I Don’t Have to Apologize”
– Toni Morrison
The Morrison family confirmed “with profound sadness” that Morrison had died “following a short illness”.
The Morrison family statement said the “extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt” had “passed away peacefully last night on August 5th surrounded by family and friends”.
“The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing,” it continued.
“Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”
The family added: “While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family.
“We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life.”
Toni Morrison is the Author of 11 novels and she was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993 . Her first novel The Bluest Eye was published in 1970.
Her 1987 book release Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film by Oprah Winfrey in 1998.
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