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International News
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88
 
New York: Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of America''s best loved writers, has died following a brief illness, her family said in a statement Tuesday. She was 88. "It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends," they said. "Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life," the statement added, describing her as "the consummate writer who treasured the written word."

Morrison wrote 11 novels, many of them touching on life as a black American, in a glittering literary and award-laden career that lasted over six decades. She also penned numerous essays, poems and speeches and was often referred to as America''s "conscience" for her poignant takes on race and human rights, never afraid of commenting on the day''s weightiest political issues. She won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for her 1987 novel "Beloved." Set after the American Civil War in the 1860s, the story centered on a slave who escaped Kentucky to the free state of Ohio.

The book was later turned into a film starring Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. Morrison received numerous other accolades including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. In 1996, she was honored with the National Book Foundation''s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012, Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2016 she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. "She was a great woman and a great writer, and I don''t know which I will miss more," Robert Gottlieb, Morrison''s longtime editor at Knopf publishers, said in a statement sent to AFP. Sonny Mehta, chairman of Knopf, said he could "think of few writers in American letters who wrote with more humanity or with more love for language than Toni."

"Her narratives and mesmerizing prose have made an indelible mark on our culture. Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works, and more importantly, they are books that remain beloved by readers," he said. Morrison was born in Ohio on February 18, 1931. "The Bluest Eye," her first novel, was published in 1970 when she was almost 40 years old. She followed up with "Sula" in 1973, going on to publish another nine novels, including the acclaimed "Song of Solomon" in 1977 which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her writings touched many, including Obama who recalled reading "Song of Solomon" as a child "and not just trying to figure out how to write, but also how to be and how to think."

Morrison''s life was also touched by tragedy. In 2010 her son Slade died of pancreatic cancer aged just 45. She spent time as an editor at Random House and taught at Princeton University. Morrison died at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York on Monday.


Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit
Hong Kong protest tensions heat up in Australia
Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen's Aden: Minister
Hong Kong protests: Trump urges Xi to meet pro-democracy demonstrators
Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation
2 Israelis, Palestinian assailant hurt in West Bank car ramming: army
J&K: Pak Prime Minister Khan alleges Modi has played his final card
Indian student in US jailed for intentionally damaging 66 college computers
Blockade, beating, pepper spray on second day of Hong Kong airport chaos
Trump Threatens to Pull US Out of World Trade Organization
Britain to release Iranian oil tanker soon: Report
Iran warns against Israeli presence in Gulf
Latest round of US-Taliban talks finishes
Fire at US day care center kills 5 children
Rajapaksa names younger brother for Lanka presidency
Typhoon Lekima death toll in eastern China rises to 32
13 killed, 16 missing as Typhoon Lekima hits China
Maryam Nawaz remanded in custody of Pak''s anti-graft body till August 21
Indian-origin doctor couple, daughter killed in small plane crash in US
Pro-India banners due to ''error'' by designers, poor ''language'' of activists: Pak official
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
It's challenging to reinvent constantly: Kriti Kharbanda
 Mumbai: Kriti Kharbanda was already an established star in south film industry when she decided to m  
Kirti Kulhari to play cop in 'The Girl on the Train'
Aaliyah to be honoured with wax statue at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
'Wicked women' are just women who are tired of injustice, abuse: Angelina Jolie
KERALA NEWS
Flood in Kerala: CM conducts aerial survey
 Kochi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with his ministers and government officials carr
Kerala rains: Toll climbs to 88, 40 still missing
Red Alert in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki
Singer Biju Narayanan's wife passes away
NATIONAL NEWS
Fire at AIIMS, 22 fire tenders rushed
 New Delhi: A fire broke out at the AIIMS here on Saturday evening and 22 fire tenders were rushed to
Soldier killed in Pak firing along LoC in J-K's Rajouri
Kashmir remains shut for 12th consecutive day
We would like to give little time: SC on plea seeking removal of restrictions on media in J-K
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