by Barbara A. Baker
contributions by Caroline Gebhard, Don Noble, Maurice Pogue, Bert Hitchcock, Jay Lamar, Sidney Offit, Sanford Pinsker, Paul Devlin, Gail Buckley, Elizabeth Mayer Fiedorek, Louis A Rabb, Eugene Holley, Robin DuBlanc, Roberta S. Maguire, Lauren Walsh, John F Callahan, Carol Friedman, Albert Murray, Greg Thomas and Anne-Katrin Gramberg
University of Alabama Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-8173-1697-6 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5593-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8488-3
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.U764Z53 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

The first book-length study of the writings, work, and life of Renaissance man and Alabama native Albert Murray

This collection consists of essays written by prominent African American literature, jazz, and Albert Murray scholars, reminiscences from Murray protégés and associates, and interviews with Murray himself. It illustrates Murray’s place as a central figure in African American arts and letters and as an American cultural pioneer.
Born in Nokomis, Alabama, and raised in Mobile, Albert Murray graduated from Tuskegee University, where he later taught, but he has long resided in New York City. He is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, memoirs, and essay collections, among them The Omni-Americans, South to a Very Old Place, Train Whistle Guitar, The Spyglass Tree, and The Seven League Boots. He is also a critic and visual artist, as well as a lifelong friend of and collaborator with artistic luminaries such as Ralph Ellison, Duke Ellington, and Romare Bearden. As such, his life and work are testaments to the centrality of southern and African American aesthetics in American art. Murray is widely viewed as a figure who, through his art and criticism, transforms the “fakelore” of white culture into a new folklore that illustrates the centrality of the blues and jazz idioms and reveals the black vernacular as what is most distinct about American art.

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