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The Known World Hardcover - 2003

by Edward P. Jones

Henry Townsend, a black bootmaker and former slave in antebellum Virginia, becomes a proprietor of his own plantation--as well as his own slaves. This modern masterpiece explores what happens when he dies and "the known world" unravels.


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From National Book Award-nominated author Edward P. Jones comes a debut novel of stunning emotional depth and unequaled literary power

Henry Townsend, a farmer, boot maker, and former slave, through the surprising twists and unforeseen turns of life in antebellum Virginia, becomes proprietor of his own plantation--as well his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart at their plantation: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love under the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend household, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave speculators sell free black people into slavery, and rumors of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years.

An ambitious, courageous, luminously written masterwork, The Known World seamlessly weaves the lives of the freed and the enslaved--and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution of slavery. The Known World not only marks the return of an extraordinarily gifted writer, it heralds the publication of a remarkable contribution to the canon of American classic literature.

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  • Title The Known World
  • Author Edward P. Jones
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 400
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Amistad Press, New York
  • Date 2003-08-14
  • ISBN 9780060557546 / 0060557540
  • Weight 1.27 lbs (0.58 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.32 x 6.43 x 1.3 in (23.67 x 16.33 x 3.30 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 19th Century
    • Cultural Region: South Atlantic
    • Ethnic Orientation: African American
    • Geographic Orientation: Virginia
  • Library of Congress subjects Historical fiction, Virginia
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2003040389
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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Citations

  • Black Issues Book Review, 11/01/2004, Page 32
  • Booklist, 05/15/2004, Page 1610
  • Booklist Editors Choice/Adult, 01/01/2004, Page 776
  • Booksense '76 Sep/Oct 2003, 09/01/2003, Page 1
  • Ebony, 02/01/2013, Page 73
  • Entertainment Weekly, 12/26/2003, Page 150
  • Essence, 11/01/2003, Page 150
  • Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/2003, Page 928
  • Library Journal, 05/15/2003, Page 0
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert, 05/15/2003, Page 66
  • Multicultural Review, 06/01/2004, Page 56
  • New York Review of Books, 10/21/2004, Page 14
  • New York Times, 12/07/2003, Page 59
  • New Yorker (The), 09/01/2003, Page 127
  • People Weekly, 12/29/2003, Page 44
  • Publishers Weekly, 08/11/2003, Page 253
  • Qbr the Black Book Review, 09/01/2003, Page 4
  • Time, 04/19/2004, Page 74
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