The Blue Devils of Nada by Albert Murray
A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement

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Murray gives readers the redefined essence of his lifetime meditation on the blues as this musical style informs American life. Here are incisive essays on writing, music, and art that go beyond the social-science fiction of Negrohood to describe in no uncertain terms what it means to be American.

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Albert Murray was born in Nokomis, Alabama, in 1916. He was educated at Tuskegee Institute, where he later taught literature and directed the college theater. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Seven League Boots, The Blue Devils of Nada, and The Spyglass Tree. He lives in New York City.
Published September 19, 2012 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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For those unlucky readers who've missed such singularly American books as The Omni-Americans (1970) and Stomping the Blues (1976), Murray has collected his most recent essays from largely obscure sources and assembled another world-beating prose obbligato--necessary for the times by virtue of its...

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A cultural theorist examines blues and jazz stereotypes.

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The blues has its putative origin with plantation workers in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, but for undersung novelist and essayist Albert Murray, the figurative ''territory of the blues'' is America itself.

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