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Alex Haley

(1921-1992)

Haley was born in Ithaca, N.Y., to a professional family. He served the Coast Guard for 20 years before becoming a writer.

Haley wrote adventure stories earlier in his career. Some were published in Playboy magazine.

Haley interviewed Malcolm X extensively to write Malcolm X's 1965 autobiography.

His epic "Roots" was the culmination of years of research on his own family tree. It won him fame and a 1977 Pulitzer Prize.

-- Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature

Pub Date: 02/28/99

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