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Edward set out to write five pages a day, starting the day after he lost his job. "I was worried. I had minimal savings," Edward says. "Two months' severance was supposed to come, but I was worried. But I had a plan."

Edward's plan worked! In 2004, The Known World, Edward's first novel, won the Pulitzer Prize and was featured in The Today Show Book Club Series.

"It is the most phenomenal book," Oprah says. "When I tell you it's the best book I have read in 10 years—I do a lot of reading. I would have chosen it as a Book Club book but because the Today show has already done it, a lot of you have already read it. It is worth the Pulitzer Prize."

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Published on September 09, 2005

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