Acclaimed author Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88. Born Chloe Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison earned her Bachelor’s degree at Howard University, where she adopted the name, Toni. She would later earn a Master’s degree from Cornell University and returned to Howard University to teach English. While teaching, she began working on what would become her first novel, The Bluest Eye. Morrison would go on to become one of the most prolific writers and an essential voice in African-American prose.

Throughout her illustrious career, Morrison would receive several awards and honors, including becoming the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by then President Barack Obama.

Some of her most famous novels include Sula, God Help the Child, Beloved, and Song of Solomon. Morrison is one of the world’s most celebrated authors and will truly be missed.