Known World by Edward P. Jones
Published by Harper Perennial, 2004
Henry Townsend, a black farmer, boot maker, and former slave becomes
proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves.
When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief,
and things begin to fall apart at their plantation. Beyond the
Townsend estate, the known world also unravels. Ranging seamlessly
between the past and future and back again to the present, The
Known World weaves together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks,
whites and Indians allowing all of us a deeper understanding
of the enduring multidimensional world created by the institution
P. Jones has created a richly imagined novel, in which a multitude
of moral contradictions are revealed and explored. .........
Jones loops backwards and forward from the day of Henry's death,
that is generally measured and restrained, but with passages of
intense lyricism and outbursts of casual savagery. Vividly conceived
and profoundly humane, The Known World is a remarkable
re-creation of a world we might have thought we already knew.’ From
the Judges of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
‘A masterpiece’ Time Magazine
'A powerful experience. Rich in character and plot.' Guardian
Extraordinary……The best new work of American fiction
to cross my desk in years’
Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
Edward P. Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C. The
Known World won the prestigious 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The
book also won the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
The IMPAC Award is the largest and most international prize of
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