'Beloved' Author Toni Morrison Has Died at 88
Over her decades long career, Morrison published novels like Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Gold Help the Child, Home, A Mercy and Love.
"Morrison's novels were celebrated and embraced by booksellers, critics, educators, readers, and librarians," Penguin Random House publisher Alfred A. Knopf said in a statement. "Her work also ignited controversy, notably in school districts that tried to ban her books. Few American writers won more awards for their books and writing.
Thanks to her in-depth and relatable portrayals of African-American women, Morrison inspired generations of people. Read some of their memorials for the writer below.
The author was also featured in the recent documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
Rest in peace Toni Morrison. You helped so many of us find our voices.— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) August 6, 2019
RIP Toni Morrison. This is a devastating loss to the world of words, to our understanding of power and it's reach, to the cultivation of empathy, to rich, nuanced, elegant storytelling. Her work was a gift to every one who had the pleasure of reading her.— roxane gay (@rgay) August 6, 2019
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 6, 2019
Holding all those touched by Toni Morrison in my heart today. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2jkAvtaErK
Thank you Toni Morrison. Beloved is indispensable to my understanding of America. We are grateful.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 6, 2019
She made me understand"writer" was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen. "Toni Morrison, seminal author who stirringly chronicled the Black American experience, dies" https://t.co/S6qxix5OCj— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 6, 2019