Posted on May 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Jonathan Eig's new biography of Martin Luther King Jr., titled King: A Life, comes out tomorrow.

Here's one factoid to enjoy now, however: that King Jr.'s famous criticism of fellow civil rights activist Malcolm X didn't actually exist.

Literary Hub reports that when Eig went through the archives of Alex Haley — who wrote the article in which King Jr.'s words (or "words") appeared — he found that one quote was entirely missing.

Another quote came in response to a generic question, not a question about Malcolm X specifically.

Read more about Eig's discovery at Lit Hub.

And speaking of accurate, fuller understandings of historic figures ...

NPR's Maureen Corrigan's review of Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma by Claire Dederer provides plenty of food for thought in how we react in modern times to the objectionable (or deplorable) behavior of entertainers.

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