, the Nobel
and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who chronicled the black American experience, passed away Monday night at the age of 88. Her death, at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf
. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia, according to a spokesperson. (Via The New York Times
.) The author of 11 novels, including “Beloved
,” “Sula,” and “Song of Solomon,” Morrison became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993.
Morrison’s biggest screen legacy was Jonathan Demme
’s 1998 adaptation of “Beloved
,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Set during the American Civil War, the story follows a former slave who is haunted by a poltergeist and visited by a reincarnation of her daughter. The film starred Oprah Winfrey
, Danny Glover
, and Thandie Newton
, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
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