Colson Whitehead

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Colson Whitehead (full name Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead) is a New York-based novelist, born in 1969. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the MacArthur "Genius" grant. He was born in New York City in 1969, attended the Trinity School in New York, and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. He is a well respected journalist, whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Salon and the Village Voice. Some people think his fiction is representative of a new generation of the Black intellectual novel. Others think his work contrived, empty, pretentious with little relevance to actual African-American experiences (almost no matter how broadly such is defined: simply, because his characters often seem more like literary constructions than people of any kind or culture).

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