Colson Whitehead

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Colson Whitehead

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in New York City, New York, The United States
January 01, 1969

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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 essay
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Sag Harbor
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The Colossus of New York
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“We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them.”
Colson Whitehead, Zone One

“A monster is a person who has stopped pretending.”
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