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Toni Morrison's magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--first published in 1987--brought the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of our time and into our comprehension. 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 bothabominable and ennobling circumstance.

Book News Annotation:

Hardcover reprint of the acclaimed, and now virtually canonized 1987 novel. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The film version of Toni Morrison's Beloved — the novel that brought the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of our time and into our comprehension — is now in production.

Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, the motion picture is scheduled for release in the fall of 1998.

About the Author

Toni Morrison has worked in publishing and taught at various universities, including Yale, Rutgers, and the State University of New York at Albany as the Schweitzer Chair. She is currently Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 1996. Beloved won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375402739
Subtitle:
Gift Edition
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Afro-Americans -- Ohio -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Gift ed.
Edition Description:
Gift
Publication Date:
September 1998
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
8.66x6.04x1.19 in. 1.23 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The film version of Toni Morrison's Beloved — the novel that brought the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of our time and into our comprehension — is now in production.

Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, the motion picture is scheduled for release in the fall of 1998.

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