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Zadie Smith began publishing in the 1990s with short stories. Her first, acclaimed novel, White Teeth, appeared in January 2000, and much comment on it related it to the new millennium. Smith (whose criticism has also been well received) is a novelist in the comic tradition, steeped in the work of predecessors, and also an icon of the contemporary, who writes of multiracial societies though not directly of race, and for whom movies and television programmes are as resonant as books.
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27 October 1975 Sadie (later Zadie) Smith was born at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Bibliographic Citation link.
1995 From this year until 1997, The May Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge Short Stories annually included writing by ZS. She headed her earliest printed work, the story "Mirrored Box", 1995, with a quote from Zora Neale Hurston. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 2000 ZS published her "tumultuous" and "encyclopedic" first novel, Bibliographic Citation link. White Teeth (which had hit the headlines in 1997 for a publisher's advance of £250,000). It garnered a fistful of awards. Bibliographic Citation link.
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