Morrison was the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Over her nearly five-decade career, Morrison wrote 11 novels, a libretto and collections of nonfiction, and also worked as an editor who wanted to participate in developing a “canon of black work.” Morrison’s family wrote that they were grateful she had a “long, well lived life.”

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