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For eight days in January 1977, over 130 million Americans sat riveted to their television sets as the life of Kunta Kinte and his subsequent descendants played out against a century of American history. The blockbuster mini-series brought to life Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”.
Published just a year before the television adaptation, “Roots” was already heralded as one of the most important literary works of the 20th century and made Alex Haley a media sensation. This incredible archive contains 39 pages of what was originally entitled “Search for Roots”. The working manuscript is dated 5/27/1972 and contains hundreds of hand written corrections and revisions, all in Alex Haley’s hand. In short, this is the origins of what became not only a literary sensation, but the story that changed how Americans viewed their own history.
The 39 pages are type written on 8 1/2” x 11” paper. Almost every page has a duplicate stapled to it with Haley’s corrections noted in black ink. As this is a working manuscript, the pages show wear from being handled and studied, with some light edge toning and some folded corners and edge dings and stored in a 10” x 17” protective folder. This is a stunning piece of literary history documenting the origins of one of the most enduring and important American novels.
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