Bixby Knolls Literary Society Reads Beloved in May
2009-05-06 · By Editor
The Bixby Knolls Literary Society will meet again Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue. The book club selection for May is Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue and on Burlinghall. Refreshments will be provided
Beloved (1987) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. (Her real name is Chloe Anthony Wofford.) The novel, her fifth, is loosely based on the life and legal case of the slave Margaret Garner, about whom Morrison later wrote in the opera Margaret Garner (2005). The book’s epigraph reads: “Sixty Million and more,” by which Morrison refers to the estimated number of slaves who died in the slave trade.
In 1998 the novel was adapted into a film of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey.
A survey of writers and literary critics conducted by the New York Times found Beloved the best work of American fiction of the past 25 years; it garnered 15 of 125 votes, finishing ahead of Don DeLillo’s Underworld (11 votes), Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (8) and John Updike’s Rabbit series (8).
Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize in 1993, joining Sinclair Lewis, Pearl Buck, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Eugene O’Neill, Saul Bellow, Joseph Brodsky, and Isaac Bashevis Singer as the only Americans to win the world’s most honored literary prize.
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