|Born||1953 (age 68–69)|
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
|Education||Columbia University (BA)|
|Notable works||High Cotton (1992)|
|Notable awards||Whiting Award (1986); Vursell Award for Distinguished Prose from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1994)|
Some of Pinckney's first professional works were theatre texts, plays developed in collaboration with director Robert Wilson. These included the produced works of The Forest (1988) and Orlando (1989). Pinckney returned to theatre with Time Rocker (1995).
His first novel was High Cotton (1992), a semi-autobiographical novel about "growing up black and bourgeois" in 1960s America. His second novel was Black Deutschland (2016), about a young gay black man in Berlin in the late 1980s, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Pinckney is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, Granta, Slate, and The Nation. He frequently explores issues of racial and sexual identities, as expressed in literature.
In the 21st century, Pinckney has published two collections of essays on African-American literature. He has expressed his admiration for the writing of the long-running American CBS soap opera, As the World Turns.
- High Cotton (novel; 1992)
- Sold and Gone: African American Literature and U.S. Society (2001)
- Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature (2002)
- Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy (2014)
- Black Deutschland (2016)
- Busted in New York and Other Essays (2019; Foreword by Zadie Smith)
- "England, Whose England?". Granta (16: Science). Summer 1985. (Subscription Required)
- "Lonely Hearts Club". Harper's. February 2010. February 2010.
- "The Ethics of Admiration: Arendt, McCarthy, Hardwick, Sontag". The Threepenny Review. 135. Fall 2013.
- "Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma". The New York Review of Books. February 19, 2015.
- "Escaping Blackness". The New York Review of Books. March 26, 2020.
- "'We Must Act Out Our Freedom'". The New York Review of Books. August 20, 2020.
- "A Society on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown". The New York Review of Books. November 5, 2020.
- "Darryl Pinckney Biography", JRank.org.
- "Interview with Darryl Pinckney", On the Media, March 19, 2010.
- "Darryl Pinckney | WHITING AWARDS". Whiting.org. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- Buckley, Gail Lumet (November 8, 1992). "TIMES BOOK PRIZES 1992 : ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD for First Fiction : On 'High Cotton'". Los Angeles Times.
- Darryl Pinckney page at United Artists.
- "Darryl Pinckney's Intimate Study of Black History". The New Yorker. November 26, 2019.
- Jenkins, David (November 18, 2007). "James Fenton: 21st century renaissance man". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- Pinckney, Darryl (February 8, 2010). "Lonely Hearts Club". Harper's Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
- Smith, Zadie (November 26, 2019). "Darryl Pinckney's Intimate Study of Black History". The New Yorker.
- Darryl Pinckney website
- Darryl Pinckney at the New York Review of Books
- Profile at The Whiting Foundation