Sam Greenlee, Spook Who Sat by the Door Author, Dies at 83


Revered Chicago novelist Sam Greenlee has died in his home city at the age of 83, the Associated Press reports. Greenlee, who was also known for his poetry, is best-identified through his 1969 work, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, which tells the story of a black CIA agent who trains young black Chicagoans for a rebellion.

According to AP, Greenlee died early Monday. He was one of the first black Americans to join the U.S. foreign service, working for the U.S. Information Agency for almost a decade while serving abroad in various locations such as Iraq and Greece.


According to the Chicago Tribune, there will be a memorial at the DuSable Museum of African American History early next month.

Read more at the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune.

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