The world is mourning the loss of Pulitzer Prize-winning Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison.
Morrison, who was 88, died Monday, Aug. 5 at at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, according to her publisher, Penguin Random House. Morrison’s family, in a statement released by the publisher, said she passed “following a short illness” and surrounded by loved ones.
Morrison’s body of work focused on African American life and culture, and she dominated an industry in which depictions of black life were often limited and rooted in stereotype.
Morrison has been awarded a number of literary distinctions, among them the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her masterwork, “Beloved.” A decade later, Oprah Winfrey produced and starred in a movie based on the book.