Beloved by Toni Morrison



Element Value Value Standard
dc.title Beloved
dc.creator Morrison, Toni
dc.subject Slavery—United States; African American Women—Fiction; Infanticide—Fiction LCSH
dc.description Former slave Sethe can’t escape the ghosts of her past, including the ghost of her infant daughter, Beloved.
dc.publisher Vintage International
dc.contributor Toni Morrison 06-08-2004 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Softcover book, 321 pages, 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-1400033416

Original edition: PS3563.08749B4 1987

dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation Beloved by Toni Morrison; originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1987
dc.coverage 1987-2004
dc.rights All rights reserved


Former slave Sethe has escaped from slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Ohio. When Sethe is tracked down after only a month of freedom, she kills her two-year-old daughter rather than let her be taken back into a life of slavery. Years later, Sethe is once again living in Ohio when a young woman calling herself Beloved shows up on her doorstep…a woman who might be Sethe’s daughter. This haunting story of guilt, freedom, and slavery has frequently been banned and challenged due to accusations of “violence, sexual content, and discussion of bestiality” (Banned Books Week).


Works cited: “Banned Books That Shaped America.” Web. 25 Apr. 2016.