Toni Morrison, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University, died on August 5, 2019, at the age of 88. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon, published in 1977, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for Beloved.

Among her many other honors, Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. In 1996, she was honored with the National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2012, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.