Toni Morrison: Nobel winner hailed as 'America's national novelist'

11 August 2019 - 00:00 By The Daily Telegraph

Toni Morrison, who has died at the age of 88, was the first black woman and first African-American to win the Nobel prize for literature, and one of the most original literary voices of the 20th century.

Though she took up writing relatively late - to "postpone the melancholy" of a failed marriage - her work enjoyed great critical and commercial success, prompting the New York Times to describe her as "the nearest America has to a national novelist"...

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