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Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88 from a short illness, but her powerful literary work will live long after her death. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, she was the first black woman to receive this honour. A trailblazer in writing the African American experience, Beloved was her best known and most celebrated work that became a feature film. She also wrote Tar Baby, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Jazz, to mention a few of her revered novels. Morrision also edited, mentored, published, and taught - all in the great endeavour of spreading the word and world of literature.
She said of her own writing: "I don’t like to have someone call my books ‘poetic’ because it has the connotation of luxuriating richness.... I wanted to restore the language that black people spoke to its original power. That calls for a language that is rich but not ornate.”
Her most recent work is one of powerful essays: The Source of Self-Regard. But to really experience the world and language of Toni Morrison, read one of her beautiful novels in the OPL collection.