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Reflecting On The Life And Language Of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison18:52
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In this April 5, 1994 file photo, Toni Morrison holds an orchid at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Nobel Prize-winning author has died. (Kathy Willens/AP File Photo)
In this April 5, 1994 file photo, Toni Morrison holds an orchid at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. The Nobel Prize-winning author has died. (Kathy Willens/AP File Photo)

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison died Monday in New York. She was 88 years old.

Morrison was the author of 11 novels, including works like "Beloved," "The Bluest Eye" and "Song Of Solomon." She was the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Morrison also received a Pultizer Prize for "Beloved" in 1988 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

We speak with two writers greatly influenced by her work.

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Jeneé Osterheldt, cultural writer for The Boston Globe. Her most recent column is "A Song For Toni Morrison." She tweets @sincerelyjenee.

Jabari Asim, distinguished fellow at Emerson College and director of Emerson's graduate creative writing program. His most recent book of essays is "We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival." He tweets @jabariasim.

This segment aired on August 7, 2019.

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