Why Is 'Beloved' in the News? – The New York Times

Oct. 27, 2021
Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved” became a point of controversy in the Virginia governor’s race, after the Republican candidate ran an ad featuring a parent who sought to have the book banned from her teenager’s curriculum.
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“Beloved,” Morrison’s fifth novel, is considered by many to be her masterpiece. It follows Sethe, a Black mother in her 30s. She is haunted by the ghost of her baby daughter, who died under horrific circumstances.
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“Beloved” is unflinching in its depictions of slavery and its aftermath. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and in 2006, the Book Review named it “the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.”
Morrison, the author of 11 novels along with children’s books and essay collections, also received a Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019 at age 88.
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After her death, our critic Dwight Garner wrote that Morrison had “a superfluity of gifts and, like few other writers of her era, bent language to her will.”
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