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by Toni Morrison

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What's a good way to commemorate those who were slaves? As Morrison points out, "There's no 300-foot tower, there's no small bench by the road." Except now there is. A small bench by the road, that is—honoring slaves who arrived on the South Carolina coast. (Source)

Toni Morrison once saw a woman walk out of the water while looking over the Hudson River. Sound familiar? You're right—it's exactly like the scene when Beloved comes out of the water. What Morrison saw inspired her to write Beloved. (Source.)

In 2006, the best writers in America were asked to choose the best work of American fiction in the last 25 years. Guess who the winner was? Ding, ding, ding—Beloved! (Source.)

Even though Beloved is arguably the best work of American fiction in recent history, Beloved the film was a total—and we mean total—flop. It was so bad that Oprah, who bought the film rights to the book and produced the film, ate 30 pounds of mac and cheese. We are not making this up. (Source.)

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