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Toni Morrison dead at 88: ‘Beloved’ author captured tragic and joyful complexion of life and race

While working at Random House in 1970s, Toni Morrison was known as “the black editor” for her commitment to publishing books about the African American experience.

One of her best-sellers was “The Black Book.”

  • Thomas Curwen
  • Los Angeles Times

Documenting nearly 200 years of history, its content was as stark as its title.

An anthology of artifacts, it featured slave auction notices, lynching photos, blackface advertisements and a fateful clipping from …

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