The Known World
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Did you know that in the old South, there were black people who owned slaves? In this 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.
Did you know that there were free black people in the South who actually owned slaves themselves? This well-written book ranges between the past and future and back again to the present, weaving together the lives of freed and enslaved blacks, whites, and Indians -- allowing readers a deeper unde... Read More »
Won the 2004 National Book Critics Circle; the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; and the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. • 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... Read More »
In this Pulitzer Prize winning novel Jones approaches a little explored chapter in antebellum history, that of African American slave owners. Set several decades before the beginning of the Civil War, this title skillfully weaves plot, time, and perspective amongst a diverse and powerful cast of ... Read More »
Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave, becomes the protege of a powerful white landowner and in turn prospers and buys his own slaves.
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Henry Townsend, a black farmer, boot maker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as of his own slaves. 432p.
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