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Toni Morrison, 1st African-American woman to win Nobel for Literature, dies at 88

Noted writer Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away on Tuesday. The news was confirmed by a friend of the writer, reports AP.

The writer, whose original name was Chloe Anthony Wofford, was born on February 18 in 1931 in Ohio. The American writer, noted for her examination of the black experience, wrote 11 novels, five children’s books, two plays, a song cycle and an opera in her six-decade-long career. She also was an editor and professor, and had mentored generations of young writers of colour. When she received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, the Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her "visionary force."

Among her notable works include 'Jazz', 'Home'. Her novel 'Beloved', in which a mother, Margaret, makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988. Oprah Winfrey played Margaret in the 1998 film adaptation.

Her first book was 'The Bluest Eye' published in 1970, and it focused on a black girl who wants blue eyes like white girls.

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