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Toni Morrison Receives Prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award

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*Author Toni Morrison adds another accolade to her vast collection.

The Nobel laureate, known for such novels as “Beloved,” ”Song of Solomon” and “Jazz,” has received an honorary prize named for another Nobel winner, the late Saul Bellow.

PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Morrison, 85, has been given the $25,000 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American fiction.

“Revelatory, intelligent, bold, her fiction is invested in the black experience, in black lives, and in black consciousness, material from which she has forged a singular American aesthetic,” awards judge Louise Erdrich, herself a prize-winning novelist, said in a statement. “Toni Morrison not only opened doors to others when she began to publish, she has also stayed grounded in the issues of her time.”

PEN also announced Tuesday that Lynn Nottage, whose works include the Pulitzer-winning “Ruined,” was named a Master American Dramatist.

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