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This 1987 novel by Toni Morrison tells the story of Sethe, an escaped slave, and her family through slavery, the American Civil War, and the aftermath. Sethe tried to kill her three children to prevent them from being sent back into slavery but managed to kill only one, her daughter Beloved. The story takes a strange turn when Sethe, her daughter Denver, and another ex-slave Paul D. find a sick young woman named Beloved.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3563.O8749

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Andrews, William L. (ed.). Toni Morrison’s Beloved. 1999.

                        Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B438 1999

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Toni Morrison’s Beloved. 2004.

                       Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B433 2004

  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved. 1987.

                     Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B4 1988b

  • Plasa, Carl. (ed.). Toni Morrison: Beloved. 1998.

                    Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B436 1998

  • Solomon, Barbara H. (ed). Critical Essays on Toni Morrison’s Beloved. 1998.

                       Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B434 1998

LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms

  • Morrison, Toni


Reference Materials

  • Black Literature Criticism –  Call Number: REF PS153 .N5 B556

                  o   Vol. 3, pg. 1434, 1440, 1444

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN771 .C59

                  o   Vol. 55, pg. 195-213

                  o   Vol. 81, pg. 231-5, 237-40, 242, 244, 247, 255-6, 258-63, 265-6, 268-9, 272

                  o   Vol. 87, pg. 262-309

                  o   Vol. 173, pg. 327

                  o   Vol. 194, pg. 173, 184, 191, 194-6, 198-206, 209-11, 223-4, 226, 229, 232, 234-46, 248

  • Critical Survey of Long FictionCall Number: REF PN3321 .C75 2000

                  o   Vol. 5, pg. 2308

  • Magill’s Survey of American LiteratureCall Number: REF PS21 .M34 2007

                  o   Vol. 4, pg. 1801

  • Masterplots: Revised 2nd ed.Call Number: REF PN44. M33 1996

                  o        Vol. 1, pg. 586-9

  • Novels for StudentsCall Number: REF PN44 .N937

                  o        Vol. 6, pg. 25-51

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