In his Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Edward P. Jones brings together the known and unknown parts of America’s history. While much is known about the time of slavery in the 19th century, little is known about the slaves who belonged to black owners. The story of The Known World centers around Henry Townsend, a black slave master. As the novel opens, Henry dies and everyone wonders what will happen. Will things remain the same on the plantation or will the widow Caldonia sell the place and the slaves? Will their situation continue as they know and accept it or will it change to an unknown one that is worse? Jones has drawn a map of Manchester County showing its many citizens — the white and black slave owners, the law enforcers, the white and black neighbors and friends, the slaves together with their children, and a host of others who pass through the county and the novel.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (76 pages) for Edward P. Jones's novel The Known World includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis and historical background
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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