Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Acclaimed Author Gloria Naylor Passes Away at 66
Her 1983 novel, The Women of Brewster Place, went on to win a National Book Award and became a widely hailed tv miniseries starring Oprah Winfrey and Lynn Whitfield. Subsequent novels including Linden Hills, Bailey's Cafe, and The Men of Brewster Place, which examined the lives of the men in the original novel, earned her a firm place as a leading African American author.
Naylor earned a B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and a master's degree from Yale. She taught at several prestigious institutions, including The University of Pennsylvania and New York University. Her other awards included the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She leaves behind a sister, Bernice Harrison, a niece, and a nephew.
Hats off to another literary giant who has passed on. Ms. Naylor may have left the physical world, but she lives on through her writing.