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The Known World

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Masterful, Pulitzer-prize winning literary epic about the painful and complex realities of slave life on a Southern plantation. An utterly original exploration of race, trust and the cruel truths of human nature, this is a landmark in modern American literature. 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 Townsend household, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave 'speculators' sell free black people into slavery, and rumours of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years. An ambitious, luminously written novel that ranges from the past to the present, The Known World seamlessly weaves together the lives of the freed and the enslaved -- and allows all of us a deeper understanding of the enduring multi-dimensional world created by the institution of slavery.

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June 2008 : USA Library Binding
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June 2004 : USA Hardback

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August 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Known World
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Known World: A Novel
Author(s): Edward P Jones
ISBN: 0-06-269234-8 / 978-0-06-269234-4 (USA edition)
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August 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Known World
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ISBN: 0-06-115917-4 / 978-0-06-115917-6 (USA edition)
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July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Known World
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ISBN: 0-00-719529-X / 978-0-00-719529-9 (UK edition)
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June 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Known World
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ISBN: 0-06-074991-1 / 978-0-06-074991-0 (USA edition)
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October 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Known World
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ISBN: 0-00-719530-3 / 978-0-00-719530-5 (UK edition)
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May 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Known World: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-055755-9 / 978-0-06-055755-3 (USA edition)
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1756 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Known World
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ISBN: 0-9651367-1-X / 978-0-9651367-1-6 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Known World
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July 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Known World
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July 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Known World
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June 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Known World CD
Author(s): Edward P Jones
ISBN: 0-06-076273-X / 978-0-06-076273-5 (USA edition)
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August 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Known World (Today Show Book Club # 17)
Author(s): Edward P Jones
ISBN: 0-06-056943-3 / 978-0-06-056943-3 (USA edition)
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2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Known World
Author(s): Edward P Jones
ISBN: 1-4025-6815-0 / 978-1-4025-6815-2 (USA edition)
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2003 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Known World
Author(s): Edward P Jones
ISBN: 1-4025-8016-9 / 978-1-4025-8016-1 (USA edition)
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Known World
Author(s): Edward P Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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