The Known World (2003) is a novel by Edward P. Jones that
centers on Henry Townsend, a free black slaveholder living in antebellum Virginia.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2003 and the Pulitzer
Prize for fiction in 2004, the novel was lavishly praised by critics, with Kirkus Reviews calling it "a harrowing tale that scarcely ever
raises its voice." The New York Times noted how racial lines
in the book "are . . .
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