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American novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dies at 88

Devdiscourse News Desk Washington DC
Updated: 06-08-2019 19:31 IST
American novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dies at 88

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American novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88, according to media reports. Born in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison donned several hats including that of a novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University. She was the first African-American writer to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 but prior to that, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for "Beloved" (1987). The novel was adapted into a film of the same name (starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover) in 1998.

In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected her for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities. She was honored with the 1996 National Book Foundation's Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Morrison was the subject of a film entitled "Imagine – Toni Morrison Remembers", directed by Pablo from 6th and shown on BBC1 television on July 15, 2015, in which Morrison talked to Alan Yentob about her life and work.

In 2016, Oberlin College received a grant to complete a documentary film begun in 2014, "The Foreigner's Home", about Morrison's intellectual and artistic vision. The film was executive-produced by Jonathan Demme, directed by Oberlin College Cinema Studies faculty Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown, and incorporates footage shot by Morrison's first-born son Harold Ford Morrison, who also consulted on the film.

In 2019, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' documentary, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am", premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film includes Morrison, Angela Davis, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sanchez, and Walter Mosley among others.

COUNTRY : United States