Gloria Naylor has died, the author whose first novel, “The Women of Brewster Place,” won the National Book Award in 1983, and was soon made into a successful miniseries by Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Naylor was part of a wave of talented African-American women writers, including Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, who first achieved critical and commercial success in the late ’70s and ’80s, giving voice to vivid female characters whose stories of racism, sexism, poverty, violence and Gay rights had seldom been told. (Tom Keller/Associated Press)

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