Colson Whitehead Biography

Colson (Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead) is an American novelist well known as the author of seven novels , including his 1999 debut work , The Intuitionist , and The Underground Railroad in 2016 , for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction ; he as well won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction again in 2020 for The Nickel Boys .

Colson Whitehead Age

Whitehead was born on November 6th , November , 1969 , in New York City , New York , United States .

Colson Whitehead Career

Colson began his career as an author with the book titled The Village Voice . While working at the Voice , he drafted his first novels . He has penned nine book-length works—seven novels and two non-fiction works , including a meditation on life in Manhattan in the style of E.B . White’s famous essay Here Is New York .

The books are 1999’s The Intuitionist , 2001’s John Henry Days , 2003’s The Colossus of New York , 2006’s Apex Hides the Hurt, 2009’s Sag Harbor, 2011’s Zone One , a New York Times Bestseller ; 2016’s The Underground Railroad , that earned him earned a National Book Award for Fiction , and 2019’s The Nickel Boys
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Esquire magazine later named his novel as The Intuitionist the best first novel of the year , and GQ called it one of the “novels of the millennium .” The Intuitionist was nominated as the Common Novel at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) . The Common Novel nomination was part of a long-time tradition at the Institute that included authors like Maya Angelou , Andre Dubus III , William Joseph Kennedy , and Anthony Swofford .

His non-fiction , essays , and reviews have featured in numerous publications , including The New York Times , The New Yorker , Granta , and Harper’s . As well his non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker The Noble Hustle: Poker , Beef Jerky & Death was published by Doubleday in 2014 .

Colson Whitehead Salary

Wendy Salary estimates is still under review , this section shall be updated once information is available .

Colson Whitehead Net Worth

Colson Net Worth is estimated to be 3 million USD dollars as of 2021 . He is a simple person and has kept private from public attention .

Colson Whitehead Family

Colson Family background and details is yet to be known , this section shall be updated once information is available .

Colson Whitehead Wife

Colson is married to a literary agent and they have two children .However , he has kept his love life private , this section shall be updated once information is available .

Colson Whitehead Education

Colson enrolled at the elite prep Trinity School in Manhattan and later joined Harvard University where he graduated in 1991 . While he was in college he was friends with poet Kevin Young .

Colson Whitehead Achievements

Wendy has taught at Princeton University , New York University , the University of Houston , Columbia University , Brooklyn College Hunter College , Wesleyan University , and been an author -in-Residence at Vassar College , the University of Richmond , and the University of Wyoming .

He later joined The New York Times Magazine to write a column on language in 2015 . In 2016 his novel , The Underground Railroad , picked of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and was also chosen by President Barack Obama as one of five books on his summer vacation reading list . He earned as awarded the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction at the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference in Atlanta , GA . Colson was honored with the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for fiction presented by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation .

With his book , The Underground Railroad won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction . Judges of the prize called the novel . His seventh novel , The Nickel Boys , was published in July 2019 . The novel was later inspired by the real-life story of the Dozier School for Boys in Florida , where children convicted of minor offenses suffered violent abuse .

In conjunction with the publication of The Nickel Boys, Whitehead was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine for the July 8th ,July , 2019 edition , alongside the strap-line “America’s Storyteller”.

His book titled The Nickel Boys won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction . Judges of the prize called the novel “a spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance , dignity , and redemption .”

It is Colson’s second win , making him the fourth writer in history to have won the prize twice . Currently , Whitehead is working on an eighth novel (originally conceived and begun before he wrote The Nickel Boys) . The work-in-progress is an untitled crime novel set in Harlem during the 1960’s

Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad .

(The Underground Railroad,) was published in 2016 , is the sixth novel by American author Colson Whitehead . The alternate history novel elaborates the story of Cora and Caesar , two slaves in the southeastern United States during the 19th century , who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantations by following the Underground Railroad , which the novel depicts as primarily a rail transport system in addition to a series of safe houses and secret routes .

Colson Whitehead Books

  • Fiction
  • The Intuitionist (1999)
  • John Henry Days (2001)
  • Apex Hides the Hurt (2006)
  • Sag Harbor (2009)
  • Zone One (2011)
  • The Underground Railroad (2016)
  • The Nickel Boys (2019)
  • Non-fiction
  • The Colossus of New York (2003)
  • The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014)
    Essays
  • “Lost and Found”. The New York Times Magazine. November 11, 2001.
  • “A Psychotronic Childhood”. The New Yorker. June 4, 2012.
  • “Hard Times in the Uncanny Valley”. Grantland. ESPN. August 24, 2012.
  • “Occasional Dispatches from the Republic of Anhedonia”. Grantland. ESPN. May 19, 2013.
    Short stories
  • “Down in Front”. Granta (86: Film). Summer 2004. (Subscription Required)
  • “The Match”, The New Yorker, March 26, 2019.
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