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Alex Haley

American biographer, screenwriter, and novelist

1921   -   1992

country of citizenship: United States of America, Mali
educated at: Elizabeth City State University, Alcorn State University
occupation: journalist, writer, historian, novelist, genealogist, military personnel, biographer, screenwriter
award received: Spingarn Medal, Lillian Smith Book Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards

Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. In the United States, the book and miniseries raised the public awareness of African American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history.Haley's first book was The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published in 1965, a collaboration through numerous lengthy interviews with the subject, a major African-American leader.He was working on a second family history novel at his death. Haley had requested that David Stevens, a screenwriter, complete it; the book was published as Queen: The Story of an American Family. It was adapted as a film, Alex Haley's Queen, released in 1992.
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

autobiography of African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist

author: Malcolm X, Alex Haley


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