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Beloved -With New Introduction

Beloved -With New Introduction - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1400033416

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ISBN13: 978-1400033416
ISBN10: 1400033411
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 2004
International: No

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Beloved -With New Introduction - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1400033416

Toni Morrison

ISBN13: 978-1400033416
ISBN10: 1400033411
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Beloved is Toni Morrison's enchanting Pulitzer Prize winning novel. First published in 1987, Beloved brings into comprehension the unimaginable experience of slavery. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, it is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked her life in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad. Sethe, who now lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing apparition who calls herself Beloved.

Sethe works at "beating back the past," but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly: in her memory; in Denver's fear of the world outside the house; in the sadness that consumes Baby Suggs; in the arrival of Paul D, a fellow former slave; and, most powerfully, in Beloved, whose childhood belongs to the hideous logic of slavery and who has now come from the "place over there" to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken from her. Sethe's struggle to keep Beloved from gaining possession of her present--and to throw off the long-dark legacy of her past--is at the center of this spellbinding novel. But it also moves beyond its particulars, combining imagination and the vision of legend with the unassailable truths of history.

Upon the original publication of Beloved, John Leonard wrote in the Los Angeles Times: "I can't imagine American literature without it." In fact, more than a decade later, it remains a preeminent novel of our time, speaking with timeless clarity and power to our experience as a nation with a past of both abominable and ennobling circumstance.

Author Bio

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.