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Alex Haley

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Net worth 2018: $5 Million
Industry: Writers
Residence: Ithaca
Country: United States
BirthDay: 11 August 1921
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: February 10, 1992
Education: Alcorn State University, Elizabeth City State University

Alex Haley was bornon 11 August 1921 in Ithaca, American, is Writer. Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was a Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American author best known for the book ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’. The book, which chronicled his ancestors' origins in Africa and their journey from slavery to freedom in America, played a major role in creating awareness about African-American history in the United States. His seminal work also kindled an interest in genealogy among Americans of many ethnic heritages. The son of a professor in New York, he grew up learning about how his father had bravely overcome the obstacles of racism. Alex Haley dropped out of college and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard when he was 18. It was while working there that he realized his love for writing and was paid by his fellow soldiers to write love-letters to their girlfriends. After the World War II, he transferred to the field of journalism in the US Coast Guard. He embarked into a career as a senior editor in a well-known magazine following his retirement. He also started writing in earnest and produced several critically acclaimed works like ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ and ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’, and won a special Pulitzer Prize for the latter.


The novel, based on his ancestral history, told the story of Kunta Kitne, an 18th-century African, sold into slavery in the United States and traced the lives of his alleged descendants in the U


The novel was later finished by David Stevens and was published as ‘Alex Haley's Queen’, in 1993


He died of a heart attack on February 10, 1992, at the age of 70, in Seattle, U


It also spawned a television miniseries of the same name by ABC in 1977 which reached a record-breaking 130 million viewers


He published the novel, ‘Roots: The Saga of an American Family’, in 1976


The same year he married Juliette Collins and this union too ended in divorce in 1972


He started working on a second historical novel in the late 1970s though he could not complete it before his death


Eventually he admitted that some passages in his book had been copied from Harold Courlander’s 1967 novel ‘The African’


He wrote his first book, ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley’, in 1965


The interview, published in 1962 was a huge success and he went on to interview several other prominent figures like Martin Luther King Jr


Eventually he was promoted to Chief Journalist of the Coast Guard, a grade he held till his retirement in 1959


After the World War II he was transferred to the field of journalism in the US Coast Guard and became a petty officer first class in the rating of journalist by 1949


His first marriage to Nannie Branch in 1941 ended in divorce in 1964


In 1939, Alex Haley enlisted with the United States Coast Guard as an 18 year old


Alex Haley was born on August 11, 1921, in Ithaca, New York to Simon Haley and Bertha George

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