First printing of one of the most powerful autobiographies in American literature.
Fine in about-fine jacket
"Malcolm X has here created the most important thing in his life: a classic of American testimony, fit to stand beside Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and the others who have explained what it is to be a black man in white America."
Haley first met Malcolm X as a journalist, earning the man's trust by publishing articles on the Nation of Islam in an objective tone just as Haley had promised he would. Haley was asked by Grove to see if he could get Malcolm X to agree to an autobiography, written by Haley but based exclusively upon hours of interviews between him and Malcolm X; Haley essentially functioned as a named ghostwriter. While arranging the publishing agreement, Malcolm X asked Haley to agree to another contract just between themselves: "Nothing can be in this book's manuscript that I didn't say, and nothing can be left out that I want in it." Haley's epilogue details their relationship and an account of Malcolm X's assassination, which occurred only months before the book's publication. A beautiful copy.
New York: Grove Press, (1965). 9'' x 5.75''. Original full black cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Original unclipped ($7.50) photographic dust jacket designed by Roy Kuhlman with portrait by Leroy McLucas. Introduction by M.S. Handler, epilogue by Alex Haley. 16 pages of photographic plates. xvi, 455,  pages. Shadow impression of former paper clip on jacket front panel, else fine.
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