14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Colson Whitehead

The The Underground Railroad author’s first book was rejected 25 times.

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Colson Whitehead came to BuzzFeed New York on Thursday where he was interviewed by Shani Hilton as part of the company’s new Breakfast at BuzzFeed speaker series. Here are some interesting facts we learned about the The Underground Railroad author during their conversation:

Colson Whitehead came to BuzzFeed New York on Thursday where he was interviewed by Shani Hilton as part of the company’s new Breakfast at BuzzFeed speaker series. Here are some interesting facts we learned about the The Underground Railroad author during their conversation:

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Being a journalist taught him how to write — his first job out of college was writing for the books section in The Village Voice.

Being a journalist taught him how to write — his first job out of college was writing for the books section in The Village Voice.

He loved the people who worked there, who he thought were “cultural gurus, interdisciplinary samurais tackling culture.”

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Comics in the late 1970s and early 1980s made him want to write comics. He also wanted to write fantasy for many years.

Comics in the late 1970s and early 1980s made him want to write comics. He also wanted to write fantasy for many years.

“Like Chris Claremont's run of the X-Men from #120 up to The Dark Phoenix saga, Marv Wolfman writing about the freelancer life of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, Frank Miller stuff.”

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