3 Books that Inspired Colson Whitehead
Who were Cora's literary antecedents? Colson Whitehead shares his influences.
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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
"I majored in American and English literature at Harvard, and the curriculum was very conservative. Then I enrolled in an African American history course. That's when I first read Jacobs's autobiography, which has stayed with me all these years; she became the inspiration for Cora."
— Colson Whitehead