The book begins, "Narrative has never been merely entertainment for me. It is, I believe, one of the principle ways in which we absorb knowledge. I hope you will understand then, why I begin with the phrase of what must seem to be the oldest sentence in the world, and the earliest we remember from childhood: "Once upon a time . . "
Used availability for Toni Morrison's Nobel Lecture in Literature
January 1994 : USA Hardback
February 1994 : USA Audio Cassette
January 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition