Howard University graduate Toni Morrison died Monday night, her publisher confirms to Associated Press. She was 88 years old. Vulture shares these words in its obituary from Morrison’s Nobel Prize address:

”We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.”

Morrison’s critically acclaimed novel Beloved won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She graduated from Howard University in the nation’s capital in 1953 with a B.A. in English and went on to earn a Master of Arts from Cornell University.


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