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Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Foreword
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Observations, Interpretations, and Conversations
  2. p. 11
  1. 1. In Response to Being Awarded a Citation for Distinguished Literary Achievement by an Alabamian (2003)
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. 2. King of Cats (1996)
  2. pp. 15-36
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  1. 3. Trading Twelves: The Omni-American Literary Identity of Albert Murray and Ralph Ellison
  2. pp. 37-50
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  1. 4. Cosmos Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation
  2. pp. 52-67
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  1. 5. Albert Murray and Visual Art
  2. pp. 68-83
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  1. 6. Murray and Mann: Variations on a Theme
  2. pp. 84-101
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  1. 7. Dewey’s Pragmatism Extended: Education and Aesthetic Practice in Train Whistle Guitar
  2. pp. 102-113
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  1. 8. Albert Murray and Tuskegee Institute: Art as the Measure of Place
  2. pp. 114-129
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  1. 9. A Conversation with Albert Murray (1996)
  2. pp. 130-137
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  1. 10. Albert Murray’s House of Blues (1997)
  2. pp. 138-145
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  1. 11. An Interview with Michele Murray
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. 12. Conjugations and Reiterations: An Interview with Albert Murray (2003)
  2. pp. 155-163
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  1. 13. Murray’s Mulatto America
  2. pp. 164-177
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  1. 14. Chinaberry Tree, Chinaberry Tree
  2. pp. 179-190
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  1. 15. Scooter Comes Home
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. Reminiscences and Appreciations
  2. p. 197
  1. 16. Wynton Marsalis on Albert Murray (2001)
  2. pp. 199-201
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  1. 17. Albert Murray’s Du Bois Medal Citation (2007)
  2. pp. 202-203
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  1. 18. At the Bar and on the Avenue with My Pal Al Murray
  2. pp. 204-206
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  1. 19. My Beginnings with Albert
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. 20. The White Man Between Albert Murray and Stanley Crouch
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. 21. On Michael James and Albert Murray
  2. pp. 211-213
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  1. 22. Michael James on Albert Murray
  2. pp. 214-215
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  1. 23. Greg Thomas and “the Professor”
  2. pp. 216-218
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  1. 24. Life and Literature Lessons Learned
  2. pp. 219-220
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  1. 25. A Giant in Heart and Mind
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. 26. My Travels through Cosmos Murray
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. 27. Afternoons with Murray: Heart and Soul in the Key of Swing
  2. pp. 227-229
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 231-235
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-249
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