"If a Negro got legs he ought to use them. Sit down too long, somebody will figure out a way to tie them up."
— Toni Morrison, Beloved, Ch. 1
Beloved, a deep, dark and extremely vivid novel, deals with themes of slavery and survival. It won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1998, it was adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and a 2006 New York Times survey of writers and literary critics ranked it as the best work of American fiction of the past 25 years.
(Photo: Publisher Alfred Knopf)
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