The world has lost one of its most lyrical, expansive novelists and a master of the written word.
Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winner and celebrated writer of books including “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon,” and “The Bluest Eye” died Monday at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88.
“She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her 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,” her family said. “Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.”
Morrison’s work focused on African American life and culture, and she dominated an industry in which depictions of black life were often limited and rooted in stereotype.
Many shared quotes and remembrances of the powerful writer.