Publication date. September 1987. Pages, 324. ISBN · 1-58060-120-0 · OCLC · 635065117 · Dewey Decimal. 813.54. Beloved is a 1987 novel by the American writer Toni Morrison. Set after the American Civil War (1861–1865), it is inspired by the story of an African-American slave, Margaret Garner, who escaped slavery in . from her child, which has devastating consequences for both parties.