December 2, 2014

Dec 2


Toni Morrison


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First edition. Inscribed and signed on the half-title, “the last two pages of Beloved could have been the opening since they describe what I was thinking when I began. Toni Morrison.” In those haunting, elegiac final passages, Morrison writes, “…It was not a story to pass on. They forgot her like a bad dream…It took longer for those who had spoken to her, lived with her, fallen in love with her, to forget, until they realized they couldn’t remember or repeat a single thing she said, and began to believe that, other than what they themselves were thinking, she hadn’t said anything at all…” The great literary critic, John Leonard, an early and important champion of Morrison’s work (and who accompanied her to Stockholm when she received the Nobel), thought Beloved her masterwork and said “I can’t imagine American literature without it.”

MORRISON, Toni (b. 1931). Beloved. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987. 8°. Original cloth; dust jacket.



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Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of the Humanities, Emerita, at Princeton University. Morrison’s ten major novels—The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, and Home—have received extensive critical acclaim, including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Beloved. In 2006 The New York Times Book Review chose Beloved as the best work of American fiction published in the last quarter-century. Among her prestigious awards are the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 2010 National Order of the Legion of Honor, the 2000 National Humanities Medal, the 1996 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the 1993 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. She is a current member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.