The Known World Edward P. Jones

The Known World

Author: Edward P. Jones
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Book Title
The Known World
Author
Edward P. Jones
ISBN
9780060557553
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.--Fort Worth Star-TelegramBinding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Edward P. JonesPublisher: Amistad PressPublished: 05/25/2004ISBN: 9780060557553Pages: 432Weight: 0.73lbsSize: 8.06h x 5.32w x 1.00dReview Citations: New York Times 05/30/2004 pg. 16BookPage 08/01/2004 pg. 18Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 73563 / Known WorldReading Level: 5.8 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 22

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.

--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Edward P. Jones
Publisher: Amistad Press
Published: 05/25/2004
ISBN: 9780060557553
Pages: 432
Weight: 0.73lbs
Size: 8.06h x 5.32w x 1.00d

Review Citations: New York Times 05/30/2004 pg. 16
BookPage 08/01/2004 pg. 18

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 73563 / Known World
Reading Level: 5.8 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 22

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.

--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Edward P. Jones
Publisher: Amistad Press
Published: 05/25/2004
ISBN: 9780060557553
Pages: 432
Weight: 0.73lbs
Size: 8.06h x 5.32w x 1.00d

Review Citations: New York Times 05/30/2004 pg. 16
BookPage 08/01/2004 pg. 18

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 73563 / Known World
Reading Level: 5.8 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 22