Colson Whitehead Biography
Colson Whitehead is an American writer and Novelist. He has authored seven novels, including his 1999 debut work, The Intuitionist, and The Underground Railroad, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Following college, Colson began his career at the Village Voice, crafting insightful reviews on TV, books, and music. His debut novel, “The Intuitionist,” delved into intrigue within the Department of Elevator Inspectors, earning recognition as a PEN/Hemingway finalist and securing the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award.
“John Henry Days” (2001) delved into the folklore of the steel-driving man, earning nominations for esteemed awards like the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Notably, it clinched the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His book of essays, “The Colossus of New York,” explored the city’s essence and received accolades as a New York Times Notable Book.
“Apex Hides the Hurt” (2006) showcased a “nomenclature consultant” tasked with naming a town, garnering the PEN/Oakland Award. “Sag Harbor” (2009) painted a vivid picture of Long Island teens in the ’85 summer, earning finalist positions for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
“Zone One” (2011), a post-apocalyptic NYC narrative, soared as a New York Times Bestseller. Whitehead’s non-fiction “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death” (2014) chronicled the 2011 World Series of Poker.
“The Underground Railroad” (2016) triumphed, seizing the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Carnegie Medal, becoming a #1 New York Times Bestseller. “The Nickel Boys” received Pulitzer and Kirkus Prizes, drawing inspiration from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida.
His latest novel, “Harlem Shuffle,” slated for September 2021, awaits anticipation. Colson Whitehead’s profound writings have graced revered publications like the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harper’s. His illustrious career has been adorned with prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award. He has been recognized as New York State Author (2018) and honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction (2020).
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Colson Whitehead Age
Colson is 54 years old as of 2023, He was born on November 6, 1969, in New York City.
Colson Whitehead Family
Colson was born and raised in New York City. He was born on out of four siblings to entrepreneur parents who owned an executive recruiting firm. She attended the elite prep Trinity School in Manhattan and graduated from Harvard University in 1991. In college, he became friends with poet Kevin Young.
Colson Whitehead Wife | Married
Mr. Colson is married to this wife Julie Barer who is a literary agent. In their marriage, the couple has been blessed with their three-year-old child. He has a 12-year-old daughter from his first marriage.
Colson Whitehead First Wife
Colson married his first wife Natasha Stovall in the year 2000, the two met while Colson was working at the village voice as a television critic, Natasha was a writer and photographer at that time.
Colson Whitehead Underground Railroad
Colson wrote The Underground Railroad in 2016, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Colson Whitehead Pulitzer
Colson wrote The Underground Railroad (2016), for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Colson Whitehead Net Worth
Colson is believed to have an estimated net worth of over $2 million as of 2023.
Colson Whitehead Books and Short Stories
- The Underground Railroad
- The Nickel Boys
- The Intuitionist
- Zone One
- Sag Harbor
- John Henry Days
- Apex Hides The Hurt
- The Colossus of New York
- Beastie Boys Book
- The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
- Electric Literature No.2
- New York stories
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