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The Known World LP (Paperback, Large Print)

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In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, 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. In a daring and ambitious novel, Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all of its moral complexities.

About the Author


Edward P. Jones, the New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known World; he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His first collection of stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Praise For…


“One of those rare works of fiction that both wound and heal.”
-O Magazine

“Brilliant....Glorious....[The Known World] belongs on the shelf with other classics of slavery, like Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.”
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Once you start the book you are hooked....Consider this novel necessary reading.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

” An exemplar of historical fiction. . . [it] will subdue your preconceptions, enrich your perceptions and trouble your sleep.. . .The way Jones tells this story. . .recalls Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
-Starred Library Journal

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

“[A] powerful, multigenerational saga.”
-Chicago Tribune Books

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

“A grand and inspired work of historical fiction. . .[It] deserves every word of praise that comes its way.”
-Chicago Tribune Books

“A major achievement.”
-Time Out New York

“Fascinating...poignant....[A] complex and fine novel.”
-Baltimore Sun

“Brilliant...Jones’ novel movingly evokes one small landscape of a larger map that so stubbornly yields up its truths today”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Astonishingly rich. . .The particulars and consequences of the ‘right’ of humans to own other humans are dramatized with unprecedented ingenuity and intensity, in a harrowing tale that scarcely ever raises its voice. . . . It should be a major prize contender.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Stunning....Pitch-perfect....Too much cannot be said about Mr. Jones gifts as a storyteller and a stylist.”
-The Washington Times

“Vivid....[An] epic novel.”
-Book Magazine

“An incredible saga.”
-Essence

“A stunning debut novel.”
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Fascinating . . .There is grief and fear, genuine affection an envy in this complex and fine novel.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

“Destined for a permanent spot on the...shelf of great American novels about slavery, next to Morrison...and Faulkner.”
-Boston Globe

“If Jones. . .keeps up this level of work, he’ll equal the best fiction Toni Morrison has written about being black in America.”
-Speakeasy

“Stunning....His first novel is...likely to win acclaim.”
-New York Times

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

“Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy.”
-The New Yorker

“A profoundly beautiful and insightful look at American slavery and human nature.”
-Booklist (starred)

“Beautifully written . . .[it] ought to enjoy the massive readership that Charles Frazier’s runaway hit, Cold Mountain did.”
-USA Today

“Breathtaking....A fascinating counterweight to Toni Morrison’s Beloved....It is essential reading.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“Heartrending....[The Known World] walks with the pace and solemnity of the Bible.”
-Dallas Morning News

“Heartbreaking....fascinating.”
-Newsweek

“Extraordinary.....Nothing...quite prepares readers for the imaginative leaps and technical prowess of ‘The Known World.’”
-Seattle Times

“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

“This...magical novel will touch you in a profound way.”
-People (4-Starred Critic's Choice)

” An exemplar of historical fiction. . . [it] will subdue your preconceptions, enrich your perceptions and trouble your sleep.. . .The way Jones tells this story. . .recalls Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”
-Newsday

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

“Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy.”
-The New Yorker

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060749910
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLargePrint
Publication Date: June 1st, 2004
Pages: 576