Beloved

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison

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Critical essays exploring Beloved

Nobel e-museum entry on Toni Morrison, 1993 prize winner

PBS Newshour interview with Morrison

Time Magazine article written by Morrison

 

 "For a used-to-be-slave woman to love anything that much was dangerous, especially if it was her children she had settled on to love. The best thing, he knew, was to love just a little bit; everything, just a little bit, so when they broke its back, or shoved it in a croaker sack, well, maybe you'd have a little love left over for the next one."

"She told them that the only grace they could have was the grace they could imagine. That if they could not see it, they would not have it. 'Here,' she said, 'in this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it.'"

"Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all."

"That anybody white could take your whole self for anything that came to mind. Not just work, kill or maim you, but dirty you. Dirty you so bad you couldn't like yourself anymore. Dirty you so bad you forgot who you were and couldn't think it up. . . The best thing [Sethe] was, was her children. Whites might dirty her all right, but not her best thing."