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Colson Whitehead
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    (November 6, 1969- )
    Born in Manhattan, New York
    Birth name was Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead
    Former journalist for 'The Village Voice'
    Wrote the novels 'The Intuitionist' (1999), 'John Henry Days' (2001), 'Apex Hides the Hurt' (2006), 'Sag Harbor' (2009), 'Zone One' (2011), 'The Underground Railroad' (2016), and 'The Nickel Boys' (2019)
    Wrote the non-fiction books 'The Colossus of New York' (2003) and 'The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death' (2014)
    As a teen, he used the name 'Chipp,' before deciding it was 'too preppy.'
    He recalled, 'It wasn't until my first book was finally out... and it was being reviewed that they [his parents] would stop urging me to get a real job.'
    In 'The Noble Hustle,' he described himself as 'incapable of joy': 'I was this depressed guy going through this midlife crisis.'
    He received a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant.' (2002)
    He received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for 'The Underground Railroad' and 'The Nickel Boys,' making him only the fourth two-time winner -- and the first to win for back-to-back novels.
    At age 50, he was the youngest recipient of the Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award (2020).

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