Morrison’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced her death Monday night at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. The widely acclaimed writer and Ohio native became the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993. That accolade came five years after Beloved, her heart-wrenching novel about a mother’s choice to kill her baby to save her from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
What will she be most remembered for? As a literary phenomenon, Morrison broached taboo experiences of Black women, who she considered her target audience.