Toni Morrison
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Toni Morrison, the revered Nobel Prize-winning author, has died, her publisher said Tuesday. She was 88.

Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, said the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.

Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Ohio, she was baptized as a Catholic at age 12 with the name Anthony, after Saint Anthony, from where she drew the nickname Toni.

In 1993, she became the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize. Her novel “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988, was adapted for the big screen by Oprah Winfrey, who starred in the lead role.

Morrison’s other award-winning books include “The Bluest Eye.”

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