John Henry Days

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John Henry Days
Colson Whitehead JohnHenryDays.jpg
First edition cover
Author Colson Whitehead
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical fiction, Novel
Publisher Doubleday (HB) & Anchor Books (PB)
Publication date
May 15, 2001
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 400 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-385-49819-5
Preceded by The Intuitionist
Followed by The Colossus of New York

John Henry Days is a 2001 novel by American author Colson Whitehead.

Plot summary[edit]

Building the railways that made America, John Henry died with a hammer in his hand moments after competing against a steam drill in a battle of endurance. The story of his death made him a legend. Over a century later, freelance journalist J. Sutter is sent to West Virginia to cover the launch of a new postage stamp at the first John Henry Days festival.



  1. ^ "2002 Pulitzer Prizes" Pulitzer Prizes official website. Accessed 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ List of past winners at the ALA Black Caucus site

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