Toni Morrison Dies at Age 88

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Toni Morrison Dies at Age 88

In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. 

NEW YORK  --  Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is dead at the age of 88. 

Morrison died Monday night surrounded by family and friends at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx following a bout with pneumonia. 

She was best known for her novel "Beloved," which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 

In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2012, Morrison was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award for a civilian in the United States. 

Morrison was also a long-time creative writing professor at Princeton University and resided in Grand View-on-Hudson in Rockland County.

(Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) 

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