Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dies at 88

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FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, author Toni Morrison signs copies of her latest book “Home,” during Google’s online program series, Authors At Google, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died.

Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88.

She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary force.”

Her novel “Beloved,” in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.

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