Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dies at 88

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2007 file photo Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison appears at the 18th annual Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York. Morrison is being honored this spring by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy announced Monday, April 29 that Morrison, celebrated for such novels as “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” is receiving a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
Toni Morrison, in November 2007. –Jason DeCrow / AP, File

NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died.

Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88.

She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary force.”

Her novel “Beloved,” in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.