Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88.
Her publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died on Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
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.
Australian Associated Press