ROOTS. The Saga of an American Family

Garden City: Doubleday, 1976. First edition. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, with four lines and dated 'October 19, 1976'. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent, sold into slavery in Africa, transported to North America; following his life and the lives of his descendants in the United States down to Haley. The book was a major literary hit out of the gate. Upon its debut it sat at #5 on the New York Times Bestsellers list. While historical fiction or “faction” as Alex Haley called it, it was listed as non-fiction on the NYT list. Within a few weeks of its debut, Roots sat at #1. The novel was so well received that it remained on the list for 46 weeks, perhaps kept on longer because of the 1977 television adaptation of the book. The appeal of the book and adaptation didn’t stop there as it garnered Alex Haley a Pulitzer Prize Special Award and the TV series got numerous Peabody and Emmy awards. It would also kickstart the career of several actors. A fine copy in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Item #13776

Price: $450.00

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