Celebrity 'The New York Times' Prints a Correction to '12 Years a Slave' Story, 161 Years Later Author Rebecca Skloot spotted the error that led to the correction By Alex Heigl Published on March 4, 2014 12:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Fox Searchlight Better late than never. The New York Times‘s 1853 story on the subject of this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, 12 Years a Slave, was all over the Internet this week. And a reader quickly noted that the Times spelled Solomon Northup‘s name incorrectly. Twice. So the paper printed a correction, more than 160 years later. The “Twitter user” in question was Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. But don’t count on any more error-spotting from Skloot: Like us on Facebook for more stories like this!