Colson Whitehead is an American novelist and writer. He is known for his eights novels ( The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle, Sag Harbor, Apex Hides the Hurt and Zone One). Whitehead also owns the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.
An American novelist, Colson was born on 6 November 1969 in New York, the United States of America. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. His parents are Arch and Mary Anne Whitehead.
Further, Colson grew up together with his brother Clarke Whitehead and his two sisters. There is no more information about his two sisters. Colson did his schooling at Trinity school in Manhattan. Later on, he graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in English and comparative literature in 1991.
After graduation from Harvard University, Colson started writing movies, books, and television criticism. He has also written an American news and culture paper, The Village Voice.
Further, Colson came up with the idea of writing his first novel. Whitehead wrote his two stories in1999, The Intuitionist and The Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was awarded a National Book Award for Fiction. In 2001, Colson came up with another book, John Henry Days.
Colson has also published two nonfiction books, The Colors of New York (2003) and The Noble Hustles: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death (2014). Colson's nonfiction has been published in magazines like The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Granta. In 2015, Colson combined with The New York Times Magazine to write a column on language.
Similarly, The Underground Railroad was selected among his all novels and chosen by President Barack Obama for his excellent writing book. Colson's novel received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His seventh's novel, The Nickel Boys (2019), was about the real-life story of the Dozier School for boys in Florida. The Nickel Boys received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. After winning the Pulitzer, the second time, he became the fourth writer in history to win the prize two times.
Colson was married to Natasha Stovall in 2000. Colson first met with his wife while working in the village as a television Critic. After they got married, the couple was blessed with a baby girl, Madeline Whitehead. Later on, Colson and Natasha got divorced due to personal reasons.
As of 2022, Colson lives a happily married life with his second wife, Julie Barer. The couple together has a son, namely, Beckett.
Colson has earned a good amount of money through his Novels Book.
Currently, Colson enjoys a quality of life in his hometown with his wife and children. In 2017, Colson and Julie bought a 4000 square feet European-designed home. The price of the property is $ 2,250,000. Some online sources have estimated his net worth to be $1-5 million.