Courlander, Harold

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Courlander, Harold Gender: M
Harold Aaron Courlander
born on 18 September 1908 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Indianapolis, Indiana, 39n46, 86w09
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 25°33' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°13 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 14°33'

Harold Courlander (1955 photo)
photo: Guggenheim Foundation, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, an expert in the study of Haitian life. The author of 35 books and plays and numerous scholarly articles, Courlander specialized in the study of African, Caribbean, Afro-American (U.S.), and Native American cultures. He took a special interest in oral literature, cults, and Afro-American cultural connections with Africa.

Courlander wrote seven novels, his most famous being The African, published in 1967. The novel was the story of a slave's capture in Africa, his experiences aboard a slave ship, and his struggle to retain his native culture in a hostile new world. In 1978, Courlander filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charging that Alex Haley, the author of Roots, had copied 81 passages from his novel. Eventually Courlander and Haley settled the case out of court for $650,000 and a statement that "Alex Haley acknowledges and regrets that various materials from The African by Harold Courlander found their way into his book, Roots."

Harold Courlander died on 15 March 1996, aged 87.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Haley, Alex (born 11 August 1921)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1967 (Novel, "The African")

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Ethnologist (Folklorist)
  • Vocation : Science : Anthropology
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction