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Colson Whitehead: a reckoning years in the making.

Whitehead mockingly suggested the Southern Novel of Black Misery as a promising genre for writers short of inspiration. At talks and signings, he derided slave narratives as a played out trope, knowing there was a scrap of paper in his drawer that would expose him as a hypocrite.

Andrew Purcell

I am a British freelance journalist based in New York. My principal clients are the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), the Sunday Herald (Scotland), the Guardian (UK) and BBC World Service radio. For a complete list of contents, click here. Twitter: @andrewpurcellny

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