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The Known World is a 2003 historical novel by Edward P. Jones. Set in Virginia during the antebellum era, it examines the issues regarding the ownership of black slaves by both white and black Americans.

The Known World
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Second edition cover
AuthorEdward P. Jones
Cover artistCover design by Laura Blost, Cover photograph copyright Eudora Welty
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Novel
PublisherAmistad Press
Publication date
September 2003
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages400 pp
ISBN0-06-055754-0
OCLC51519698
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3560.O4813 K58 2003

The book was published to widespread acclaim from literary critics, with much praise directed at its story and Jones' prose. In particular, his ability to intertwine stories within stories received great praise from The New York Times.[1]

The narration of The Known World is from the perspective of an omniscient figure who does not voice judgment.[2] This allows the reader to experience the story without bias.[2]

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Awards and nominationsEdit

The novel won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004.[3][4] In 2005 it won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the richest literary awards for a novel in the English language.[5] It was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award.[6]

In 2009, website The Millions polled 48 critics, writers, and editors; the panel voted The Known World the second best novel since 2000.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vernon, John (2003-08-31). "People Who Owned People". NYtimes. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  2. ^ a b Martin, Valerie (2004-07-30). "The Guardian". The Means of Evil. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  3. ^ National Book Critics Circle Award past winners, Official Website.
  4. ^ 'The Known World' Wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The New York Times.
  5. ^ "The Known World by Edward P. Jones wins the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award" Archived 2007-04-22 at the Wayback Machine, Official Website.
  6. ^ "2003 National Book Awards". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  7. ^ "The Millions : Best of the Millennium, Pros Versus Readers". The Millions.

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Awards
Preceded by
This Blinding Absence of Light
International Dublin Literary Award recipient
2005
Succeeded by
The Master