Acclaimed as the greatest American novel of the last quarter century,Belovedconfronts the legacy of slavery and its aftermath. The new full-length essays in this volume provide a comprehensive critical overview of this modern classic. This study guide also features a chronology of the author's life, a bibliography, an index, notes on the contributing writers, and an introduction by literature professor Harold Bloom. Excerpted from Beloved - Toni Morrison, New Edition All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.