Award-winning novelist of ‘The Women Of Brewster Place,’ Gloria Naylor dies aged 66

Gloria Naylor 
Gloria Naylor, award-winning novelist of “The Women of Brewster Place,” dies aged 66

Gloria Naylor, whose debut novel, “The Women of Brewster Place,” whose book won a National Book Award and was adapted into an acclaimed mini-series that starred and was produced by Oprah Winfrey, has died, reports New York Times.
Naylor, whose stories chronicling the experiences of black women in the 1980s and 1990s drew wide acclaim, died at age 66.
Her debut novel in 1982, "The Women of Brewster Place," follows seven black women in an urban housing project through the trials and triumphs of friendship, family, sexual identity and violence.
Gloria Naylor right, with Anna Deavere Smith and Walter Mosley at the Spoken Word summer series in Central Park in 1994. 
The novel won the 1983 National Book Award for First Fiction and was adapted into a television miniseries by Oprah Winfrey's production company in 1989 starring Winfrey, Cicely Tyson and Robin Givens.

Naylor said she became a writer because she felt the perspectives of black women like herself were underrepresented in America literature.
"I wanted to write a book that would reflect the diversity and the richness of the black female experience in America -- and no one woman could do that for me, and no one geographical location could do that for me," she said in an interview with the National Book Foundation.
"That's when the idea got born that Brewster Place would be a microcosm of American society, that on that street would come all of these different women, and what they would share would be that wall."
News of her death drew tributes from authors, writers, journalists and people from all over the world.

Naylor’s other books included Linden Hills, Mama Day and Bailey’s Cafe. Her most recent work, a lightly fictionalized memoir titled “1996” (2005), documented her theories about government surveillance and mind control, including a technology by which words are planted in a person’s head.
Gloria Naylor 
Gloria Naylor was born in Manhattan on Jan. 25, 1950. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from Yale University. Before she became a successful writer, Ms. Naylor held several jobs, including telephone operator. New York Times reported.
She later taught at New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and other colleges.
She is survived by her sister, Bernice Harrison; her niece; and a nephew.