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Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead (born November 6, 1969) is an American novelist. He is the author of eight novels, including his 1999 debut work The Intuitionist; 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 Genius Grant. Life Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead was born in New York City on November 6, 1969, and grew up in Manhattan. He is one of four children of successful entrepreneur parents who owned an executive recruiting firm. As a child in Manhattan, Whitehead went by his first name Arch. He later switched to Chipp, before switching to Colson. He attended Trinity School in Manhattan and graduated from Harvard University in 1991. In college, he became friends with poet Kevin Young.Early in his career, Whitehead lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. He lives in Manhattan and also owns a home in Sag Harbor on Long Island. His wife, Julie Barer, is a literary agent. They have two children. Career After graduating from college, Whitehead wrote for The Village Voice. While working at the Voice, he began drafting his first novels. Whitehead has since produced ten book-length works—eight 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. His 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, which earned a National Book Award for Fiction; 2019's The Nickel Boys; and 2021's Harlem Shuffle. Esquire magazine named The Intuitionist the best first novel of the year, and GQ called it one of the "novels of the millennium". Novelist John Updike, reviewing The Intuitionist in The New Yorker, called Whitehead "ambitious", "scintillating", and "strikingly original", adding, "The young African-American writer to watch may well be a thirty-one-year-old Harvard graduate with the vivid name of Colson Whitehead."Whitehead's 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. Whitehead's non-fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Granta, and Harper's. His non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker, The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death, was published by Doubleday in 2014. Whitehead has taught at Princeton University, New York University, the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Wesleyan University. He has been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming. In the spring of 2015, he joined The New York Times Magazine to write a column on language. His 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad, was a selection of Oprah's Book Club 2.0, and was chosen by President Barack Obama as one of five books on his summer vacation reading list. In January 2017 it was 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. The Underground Railroad won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Judges of the prize called the novel "a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America".Whitehead's seventh novel, The Nickel Boys, was published in July 2019. The novel was inspired by the real-life story of the Dozier School for Boys in Florida, where children convicted of minor offences suffered violent abuse. In conjunction with the publication of The Nickel Boys, Whitehead was featured on the cover of Time magazine for the July 8, 2019, edition, alongside the strap-line "America's Storyteller". 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 was Whitehead's second win, making him the fourth writer in history to have won the prize twice. In 2022, it was announced that Whitehead will executive produce the upcoming film adaptation of the same name.Whitehead's eighth novel, Harlem Shuffle, was conceived and begun before he wrote The Nickel Boys. It is a work of crime fiction set in Harlem during the 1960s. Whitehead spent years writing the novel, and ultimately finished it in "bite-sized chunks" during the months he spent in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. Harlem Shuffle was published by Doubleday on September 14, 2021. Honors Works Fiction The Intuitionist (1999), ISBN 0-385-49299-5 John Henry Days (2001), ISBN 0-385-49819-5 Apex Hides the Hurt (2006), ISBN 0-385-50795-X Sag Harbor (2009), ISBN 0-385-52765-9 Zone One (2011), ISBN 978-0-385-52807-8 The Underground Railroad (2016), ISBN 978-0-385-54236-4 The Nickel Boys (2019), ISBN 978-0-385-53707-0 Harlem Shuffle (2021), ISBN 978-0-385-54513-6 Crook Manifesto (2023), ISBN 978-0-385-54515-0Non-fiction The Colossus of New York (2003), ISBN 978-0385507943 The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014), ISBN 978-0385537056Essays "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 Gangsters". The New Yorker. December 22, 2008. "The Match". The New Yorker. April 1, 2019. "The Theresa Job". The New Yorker. July 26, 2021.References Further reading Fain, Kimberly. Colson Whitehead: The Postracial Voice of Contemporary Literature. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Kelly, Adam. "Freedom to Struggle: The Ironies of Colson Whitehead". Open Library of the Humanities (October 2018). Maus, Derek C. Understanding Colson Whitehead, revised and expanded edition. University of South Carolina Press, 2021.External links Official website Appearances on C-SPAN Profile at The Whiting Foundation On Point - What's in a Name? (interview, 2006-09-04). Discover the Colson Whitehead popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Colson Whitehead books.

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    Derek C. Maus

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    Harlem Shuffle


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    Colson Whitehead

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    John Mandeville & Charles Moseley

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    Colson Whitehead

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    Bruce Wagner

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    John Fante

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    Dwayne Alexander Smith

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    Richard Bell

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    Colson Whitehead

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    Kimberly Fain

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    Colson Whitehead

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    Ilze Hugo

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