R.I.P. Albert Murray

R.I.P. Albert Murray

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Acclaimed essayist, critic, and novelist Albert Murray passed away on Sunday at his Harlem home. He was 97. Best known for his debut The Omni-Americans—an exploration of the ties between black culture and American identity—Murray also wrote the largely autobiographical novel Train Whistle Guitar, a loving ode to jazz and blues.

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This article originally appeared on Zola Books.

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