Alex Haley

Novelist, Author

1921 – 1992

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Who was Alex Haley?

Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was an American writer. He is best known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. It was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series of the same name and aired in 1977 to a record-breaking 130 million viewers. It had great influence on awareness in the United States of African-American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history.

Haley had previously written The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 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 Alex Haley's Queen. It was adapted as a film of the same name released in 1993.

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Born
Aug 11, 1921
Ithaca
Also known as
  • Alexander Murray Palmer Haley
Parents
Siblings
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Alcorn State University
  • Elizabeth City State University
Lived in
  • Knoxville
  • Tennessee
Died
Feb 10, 1992
Seattle

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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