9780061159176

The Known World

  • ISBN 13:

    9780061159176

  • ISBN 10:

    0061159174

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 05/12/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

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.

“A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.” - Time

“Complex, beautifully written, and breathtaking...the book will knock the wind out of you with the depth of its compassion.” - QBR: The Black Book Review

“’The Known World’ is a great novel, one that may eventually be placed with the best of American Literature.” - San Diego Union-Tribune

“A strong, intricate, daring book by a writer of deep compassion and uncommon gifts.” - Peter Matthiessen

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