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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad Paperback - 2018

by Colson Whitehead

First edition identification

First edition published by Doubleday, New York, 2016. First editions, first printings have "First Edition" printed on the copyright page and a full number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.  Boards are black with black lettering on a white cloth spine. Back of the Dust jacket has a bar code area centered on the bottom with ISBN 978-0-385-54236-4 above the larger bar code. The back of the dust jacket also features seven blurbs of praise for the Writing of Colson Whitehead by John Updike, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone, The Miami Herald, People, The Washington Post, and USA Today. An unspecified amount of first editions have a signed tipped-in page preceding the title page.


  • Title The Underground Railroad
  • Author Colson Whitehead
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Later Edition
  • Pages 336
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Anchor Books
  • Date 2018-01-30
  • ISBN 9780345804327 / 0345804325
  • Weight 0.55 lbs (0.25 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.95 x 5.15 x 0.7 in (20.19 x 13.08 x 1.78 cm)
  • Reading level 890
  • Themes
    • Ethnic Orientation: African American
  • Library of Congress subjects Fantasy fiction, Fugitive slaves
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

About the author

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. He lives in New York City.