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Colson Whitehead was born on November 6, 1969. He graduated from Harvard College and worked at the Village Voice writing reviews of television, books, and music. His first novel, The Intuitionist, won the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. His other books include The Colossus of New York, Sag Harbor, and Zone One. He won the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for John Henry Days, the PEN/Oakland Award for Apex Hides the Hurt, and the National Book Award for fiction and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Underground Railroad. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Underground Railroad… (more)
The Underground Railroad 8,459 copies, 427 reviews
The Nickel Boys 3,707 copies, 203 reviews
The Intuitionist 2,132 copies, 60 reviews
Zone One 1,933 copies, 125 reviews
Harlem Shuffle 1,825 copies, 91 reviews
Sag Harbor 1,054 copies, 64 reviews
John Henry Days 759 copies, 15 reviews
Apex Hides the Hurt 557 copies, 21 reviews
The Colossus of New York 539 copies, 11 reviews
Crook Manifesto 293 copies, 11 reviews
Lost and Found (essay) 1 copy, 1 review
The Future Dictionary of America (Contributor) 622 copies, 3 reviews
Get Your War On (Introduction, some editions) 302 copies, 4 reviews
Granta 86: Film (Contributor) 203 copies
The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles (Contributor) 101 copies, 11 reviews
Brooklyn Noir 2: The Classics (Contributor) 70 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022 (Contributor) 30 copies, 2 reviews
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Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead (born November 6, 1969) is an American novelist. He is the author of seven novels, including his 1999 debut work, The Intuitionist, and The Underground Railroad (2016), for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction again in 2020 for The Nickel Boys. He has also published two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grant").
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