John Henry Days

On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival.

John Henry Days

John Henry Days

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead’s triumphant novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come. Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, coming this September!

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John Henry Days
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Colson Whitehead
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-06-03 - Publisher: Anchor

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead’s triumphant novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of
Language: en
Pages: 28
Authors: Charlotte Amanda Hagood
Categories: African Americans in literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher:

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Colson Whitehead
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Kimberly Fain
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-05-07 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

From his first novel, The Intuitionist, in 1999, Colson Whitehead has produced fiction that brilliantly blurs genre and cultural lines to demonstrate the universal angst and integral bonds shared by all Americans. By neglecting to mention a character’s racial heritage, Whitehead challenges the cultural assumptions of his readers. His African
Understanding Colson Whitehead
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Derek C. Maus
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-09-05 - Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

Although 2002 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Colson Whitehead ardently resists overarching categorizations of his work, Derek C. Maus argues in this volume that Whitehead’s first six books are linked by a careful balance between adherence to and violation of the wisdom of past generations. Whitehead bids readers to come along with
John Henry
Language: en
Pages: 210
Authors: Roark Bradford
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-23 - Publisher: OUP USA

The legendary folk-hero John Henry, in addition to being the subject of one of the most popular songs in American history (both a ballad and a hammer song, it was among the first songs considered "the blues" and was one of the first recorded "country" songs), was also, early in

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