Sam Greenlee

Sam Greenlee


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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
July 13, 1930

Died
May 19, 2014

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Elder Sam Greenlee is an African American writer of novels, screeplays, stage plays, and poems. He has been a social activist since the age of 15.

His first well known and most controversal novel was The Spook Who Sat by the Door published in 1968. He also co-wrote the screeplay adaption of the novel. The film was released in 1973. In 1990 Greenlee was the Illinois poet laureate.

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The Spook Who Sat by the Door

4.35 avg rating — 1,063 ratings — published 1969 — 10 editions
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Baghdad Blues

3.65 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1976 — 2 editions
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Blues for an African Princess

4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1960
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Ammunition!: Poetry And Oth...

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“By now, Freeman knew his opponent. You'd be dangerous in an alley, thought Free man, but you hung yourself up with judo. Karate, or jujitsu, maybe, to slow me down with the chops and kicks. But there is just no way you can throw me in judo, white boy. He wondered whether to fight, or to continue on the defense. He looked at Calhoun, squatting Japanese-style on the other side of the mat, the hatred and contempt naked on his face. No, he thought, even if I blow my scene, I got to kick this ofay's ass. When you grab me again, whitey, you are going to have two handfuls of 168 pounds of pure black hell.”
Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat by the Door

“Whites were fools and one had constantly to fight in order not to underestimate their power and danger, because a powerful and dangerous fool is not to be underestimated. Add the elements of hypocrisy and fear and one had an extremely volatile combination. It was a combination that could easily blow the country, even the world, apart. In”
Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat by the Door

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