The Known World | Study Guide

Edward P. Jones

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Edward P. Jones

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Known World is told by a third-person omniscient narrator able to follow characters through time, accompanying them even into the afterlife.


The Known World is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title The Known World is linked to two distinctive wall hangings: a wildly inaccurate old-world map labeled "The Known World" that hangs in the Manchester County jailhouse and a work of art by Alice Night presenting "what God sees when He looks down on Manchester."


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