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Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music. His first novel, The Intuitionist, concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. John Henry Days followed in 2001, an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Colossus of New York is a book of essays about the city. It was published in 2003 and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) is a novel about a "nomenclature consultant" who gets an assignment to name a town, and was a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award. Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long Island during the summer of 1985. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award.

 

Colson Whitehead's reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as 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.

 

Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan. After graduating
from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of
television, books, and music.

His first novel, The Intuitionist, concerned intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors,
and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book
Club's New Voices Award.

John Henry Days followed in 2001, an investigation of the steel-driving man of American
folklore. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times
Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and
the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

The Colossus of New York is a book of essays about the city. It was published in 2003 and
was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Apex Hides the Hurt (2006) is a novel about a "nomenclature consultant" who gets an

assignment to name a town, and was a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Award.

Sag Harbor, published in 2009, is a novel about teenagers hanging out in Sag Harbor, Long
Island during the summer of 1985. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award.

Colson Whitehead's reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications,
such as 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.
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