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.