Edward P. Jones’ The Known World wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced at 3 p.m. today. Edward P. Jones received the fiction prize for The Known World, a historical novel about a black slave owner. (Here’s Jonathan Yardley’s review from August of last year.)

Apparently Jones was a proofreader for Tax Notes before embarking on his writing career.

The Los Angeles Times won five awards, The Washington Post* and The Wall Street Journal won two, and The New York Times and The Miami Herald won one each.

Last week Mediabistro published an article featuring quotes from several former winners, including Richard Russo and Jonathan Yardley, about the consequences of winning the Pulitzer.

Update: Critic Terry Teachout is pleased that three writers he admires received prizes this year.

* One WaPo staffer won for international reporting, and another won a letters award for general nonfiction.


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