To keep an artistic perspective on the fictional Sethe, Morrison departed from the story of the real Margaret Garner, who was returned to her owner. Morrison fictionalizes the scene in which the cruel slavemaster known only as "schoolteacher" returns to Kentucky without Sethe and her children, but the book's dedication reminds the reader that, at heart, Morrison deals with reality. The "sixty million and more" she refers to in the dedication are the victims of two centuries of slavery, the ones who did not escape drowning, disease, sharks, whipping, mutilation, burning, boiling, rape, emasculation, starvation, and other horrors. Justifying her choice of the highest number of victims that scholars offer, Morrison explained, "I didn't want to leave anybody out."In 1992, Morrison published Jazz,
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