Author Toni Morrison Has Died

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died.  Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at a medical center in New York.  She was 88.  Morrison was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize in 1993, with the Swedish academy hailing 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.