The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
- Honored by the National Book Foundation in 2003
- Pulitzer Prize Finalist/Winner 2004
- 2004 BCALA Literary Award
Publication Date: Aug 29, 2006
List Price: $16.99
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Parent Company: News Corporation
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One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, The Known World is a daring and ambitious work by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.The Known World tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order, and chaos ensues. Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities.
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