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ISBN: 000719529X / ISBN-13: 9780007195299

The Known World


Masterful, Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about the painful and complex realities of slave life on a Southern plantation. An utterly original ... Show synopsis

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  • The Known World (Fourth Estate Ltd) – Trade paperback (2004)
    by Edward P. Jones

    The Known World

    Trade paperback, Fourth Estate Ltd
    400 pages

    ISBN: 000719529X
    ISBN-13: 9780007195299

    Masterful Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about slavery, plantation life and our relationship to both, in the past and the present. Henry Townsend, a black farmer, boot maker, and former slave becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the ... Show more

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Reviews of The Known World

Overall customer rating: 4.000

The Peculiar Institution

by rejoyce on Sep 3, 2007

Edward P. Jones' novel The Known World complicates the reader's knowledge of the "peculiar institution" of slavery by focusing in part upon the relationship between black slaveowners and their slaves, and reveals how contingent was the freedom even of freed slaves. The novel has an epic amplitude, ... More


Intriguing Story

by ReaderSue on Apr 28, 2007

I was a little dismayed to have to read this book for a book group because the reviews when it first came out were off-putting. Yes, there were descriptions of the horrid abuse, physical, emotional, sexual, of slaves but the rest of the story carried the weight. I'm glad I decided to get started, and ... More


Intriguing and fatiguing

by AmateurHistorian on Apr 1, 2007

The book centers around a fictional plantation where a black owner has slaves from his own race just before the Civil War. Yet the book doesn't really focus on this fact or its implications in a direct way. It becomes an expansive look at numerous characters in the county encompassing the plantation ... More

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