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Courlander, Harold

Born: 1908 AD
Died: 1996 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Novelists

1908 – Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 18th of September.

1931 – Courlander received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

1930 – He spent time in the on a farm in Romeo, Michigan.

1939 – He published his first book about Haitian life entitled Haiti Singing.

1943 – Courlander then worked as a writer and editor for the Office of War Information in New York City and Bombay, India.

1946 – He worked as a news writer and news analyst for the Voice of America in New York City.

1956 – He was an information specialist and speech writer for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

1957 – He was a writer and editor for The United Nations Review.

1960 – Courlander was African specialist, Caribbean specialist, feature writer, and senior news analyst for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C.

         – His book, The Drum and the Hoe: Life and Lore of the Haitian People, published, became a classic text for the study of Haitian culture.

         – He served as a general editor of Ethnic Folkways Library and recorded more than 30 albums of music from different cultures.

1960 – Courlander began a series of field trips to the American Southwest to study the oral literature and culture of the Hopi Indians.

1967 – Courlander wrote seven novels, his most famous being The African, published.

1978 – Courlander went to federal district court in the Southern District of New York, charging Alex Haley of Roots with plagiarism of The African.

1996 – Died on the 15th of March.