RIP: Toni Morrison Remembered, Author, Editor, Activist


Sad news arrives this morning. The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night.  The late, towering author whose classic work explored identity, race and the black female experience, was remembered today by Hollywood and media figures as both an influence and an unrivaled guide.

Before she was a world-renowned author, Morrison broke barriers as an editor for Random House, where she worked for 19 years, publishing a new generation of black writers, including Toni Cade Bambara, Gayl Jones, and Angela Davis. She was also the chair of humanities at Princeton, where she taught from 1989 to 2006.

“We die,” Morrison closed her Nobel Prize address. “That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

“She made me understand ‘writer’ was a fine profession,” tweeted producer Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder). “I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen.”

Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts tweeted, “’Something that is loved is never lost’…encouraging words from the beloved author #ToniMorrison that we can surely use today. So sad to hear of the passing of the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her legacy will live on through those who were impacted by her powerful and unique voice.”

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