The Autobiography of Malcolm X (as told to Alex Haley) emerges from a specific time and place and yet, despite feeling very much of that moment, still resonates with issues that American culture is dealing with today—and is still a powerfully written book. Chris and Suzanne discuss its historical context, the formal questions of autobiography, writing to be read by wildly different audiences, conversion narratives, and what Malcolm X might have made of today’s America.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X. (Weirdly, there doesn’t seem to be an audiobook?!)
Alex Haley’s Playboy interview with Malcolm X, which led to the book.
Solving for X: Malcolm X and White Readers, an article which is at times incisive, at times problematic.
The Explosive Chapter Left Out of Malcolm X’s Autobiography (with images of the co-edited manuscript).
A recent exhibit of the unpublished chapters: Only After the Deepest Darkness: The “Lost” Chapter & Manuscript of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
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