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."
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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer whose imaginative power in "Beloved," "Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American literature, has died at age 88.