The Known World

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The Known World
First edition cover
Author Edward P. Jones
Cover artist Cover design by Laura Blost, Cover photograph copywright Eudora Welty, LLC; Eudora Welty
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical, Novel
Publisher Amistad Press
Publication date
September 2003
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 400 pp
ISBN 0-06-055754-0
OCLC 51519698
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3560.O4813 K58 2003

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

The novel won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2004.[1][2] In 2005 it won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the richest literary awards for a novel in the English language.[3] It was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award.[4]


  1. ^ National Book Critics Circle Award past winners, Official Website.
  2. ^ 'The Known World' Wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The New York Times.
  3. ^ "The Known World by Edward P. Jones wins the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award", Official Website.
  4. ^ "2003 National Book Awards". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 


  • Tim A. Ryan, “Mapping the Unrepresentable: Slavery Fiction in the New Millennium.” Calls and Responses: The American Novel of Slavery since Gone with the Wind. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2008: 185-208.

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