The Known World by Edward P. Jones

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The Known World is a 2003 historical novel by Edward P. Jones. It was his first novel and second book. Set in antebellum Virginia, it examines issues regarding the ownership of black slaves by free black people as well as by whites. A book with many points of view, The Known World paints an enormous canvas thick with personalities and situations that show how slavery destroys but can also be transcended.

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The 493rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 2nd on The Millions: The Best Fiction of the Millennium (The Millions)
  2. - 2nd on The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (BBC Poll)
  3. - 23rd on The Best Southern Novels of All Time (Oxford American)
  4. - 59th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
  5. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)
  6. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)
  7. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  8. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)

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    Year Published
    2009