She was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The world on Tuesday mourning trailblazing writer Toni Morrison, who explored the African-American experience through such celebrated novels as "Song of Solomon" and "Beloved".
Morrison passed away in New York Monday night at age 88 after a brief illness, according to a spokesperson for publisher Alfred A.
Her novels landed on best-seller lists and were lauded on Oprah Winfrey's book club - Winfrey herself produced and starred the film adaption of "Beloved" in 1998.
Morrison was also an editor, an essayist and longtime Princeton University professor - her life and works chronicled in this year's acclaimed documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am".
Her publisher in a tribute on social media quoted the writer herself, saying: "We die.
That may be the meaning of life.
But we do language.
That may be the measure of our lives."
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