She was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
She also received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor.
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."