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Sam Greenlee dies at 83; wrote on being an African American in Foreign Service
Sam Greenlee dies at 83; wrote on being an African American in Foreign Service

Writer Sam Greenlee, whose novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" about his experiences as a rare black man working for the U.S. Foreign Service in the 1950s and '60s was turned into a 1973 independent film, has died in Chicago. He was 83. He died from natural causes early Monday morning at his home, friends said. "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" was Greenlee's one feature film (he was writer and producer), adapted from his 1969 novel of the same name, which was an underground classic inspired, in part, by Greenlee's own background working overseas from 1957 to 1965, stationed in Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia and Greece before returning to Chicago. Both the...

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