Over her decades long career, Morrison published novels like Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Gold Help the Child, Home, A Mercy and Love.
"Morrison's novels were celebrated and embraced by booksellers, critics, educators, readers, and librarians," Penguin Random House publisher Alfred A. Knopf said in a statement. "Her work also ignited controversy, notably in school districts that tried to ban her books. Few American writers won more awards for their books and writing.
Thanks to her in-depth and relatable portrayals of African-American women, Morrison inspired generations of people. Read some of their memorials for the writer below.
The author was also featured in the recent documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
Rest in peace Toni Morrison. You helped so many of us find our voices.— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) August 6, 2019
RIP Toni Morrison. This is a devastating loss to the world of words, to our understanding of power and it's reach, to the cultivation of empathy, to rich, nuanced, elegant storytelling. Her work was a gift to every one who had the pleasure of reading her.— roxane gay (@rgay) August 6, 2019
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 6, 2019
Holding all those touched by Toni Morrison in my heart today. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2jkAvtaErK
Thank you Toni Morrison. Beloved is indispensable to my understanding of America. We are grateful.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 6, 2019
She made me understand"writer" was a fine profession. I grew up wanting to be only her. Dinner with her was a night I will never forget. Rest, Queen. "Toni Morrison, seminal author who stirringly chronicled the Black American experience, dies" https://t.co/S6qxix5OCj— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 6, 2019