Haley’s Coronet

Following the recent (in Australia) release of the remake of the TV series Roots, there are now officially as many remakes of Alex Haley’s 1976 novel as there are fakes of his typewriters.


Haley (Laurence Fishburne) and IBM Selectric


Born on August 11, 1921, in Ithaca, New York, Alex Haley was an American writer whose works, including Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, centered on the struggles of African Americans.


A different typewriter, a Smith-Corona Marchant (SCM) Coronet Electric, as displayed at the 2011 “America I Am: The African American Imprint” exhibition at the National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, is purportedly the typewriter Haley used to write Roots


Careless mistake? Deliberate fake? Or the real deal?


Haley and his IBM Electric Model C …


Alex Haley died of a heart attack in Seattle, Washington, on February 10, 1992, at the age of 70.

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