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Beloved

Title
Beloved / a novel by Toni Morrison.
Author
Morrison, Toni
Publication
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
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  • Publisher description

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Description
275 pages; 24 cm.
Summary
After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's greatest novel, a dazzling achievement, and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade. A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. At the center of Toni Morrison's fifth novel, which earned her the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War. Woven into this circular, mesmerizing narrative are the horrible truths of Sethe's past: the incredible cruelties she endured as a slave, and the hardships she suffered in her journey north to freedom. Just as Sethe finds the past too painful to remember, and the future just "a matter of keeping the past at bay," her story is almost too painful to read. Yet Morrison manages to imbue the wreckage of her characters' lives with compassion, humanity, and humor. Part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale, Beloved finds beauty in the unbearable, and lets us all see the enduring promise of hope that lies in anyones future.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Fiction.
  • History.
  • Historical fiction.
Note
  • "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Awards (note)
  • Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1988.
Call Number
Sc E 88-47
ISBN
  • 0394535979
  • 9780394535975
LCCN
86046157
OCLC
  • 15284982
  • 15284982
  • 15284982
Author
Morrison, Toni, author.
Title
Beloved / a novel by Toni Morrison.
Publisher
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.
Edition
First edition.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Creator/Contributor Characteristics
eth African Americans
nat Americans
Women
Local Note
Schomburg copy no.1 with dust jacket.
Awards
Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1988.
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Contributor biographical information
Publisher description
Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc E 88-47
Sc E 88-188
JFE 87-4953
Berg Coll 93-468
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