South to a Very Old Place

South to a Very Old Place

by Albert Murray
     
 

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The highly acclaimed novelist and biographer Albert Murray tells his classic memoir of growing up in Alabama during the 1920s and 1930s in South to a Very Old Place. Intermingling remembrances of youth with engaging conversation, African-American folklore, and astute cultural criticism, it is at once an intimate personal journey and an incisive socialSee more details below

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The highly acclaimed novelist and biographer Albert Murray tells his classic memoir of growing up in Alabama during the 1920s and 1930s in South to a Very Old Place. Intermingling remembrances of youth with engaging conversation, African-American folklore, and astute cultural criticism, it is at once an intimate personal journey and an incisive social history, informed by "the poet's language, the novelist's sensibility, the essayist's clarity, the jazzman's imagination, the gospel singer's depth of feeling" (The New Yorker).

"His perceptions are firmly based in the blues idiom, and it is black music no less than literary criticism and historical analysis that gives his work its authenticity, its emotional vigor and its tenacious hold on the intellect...[It] destroys some fashionable socio-political interpretations of growing up black."--Toni Morrison, The New York Times Book Review

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Toni Morrison
His perceptions are firmy based in the blues idiom, and it is black music no less than literary criticism and historical analysis which gives his work its authenticity, its emotional vigor, and its tenacious hold on the intellect...[It] destroys some fashionable socio-political interpretations of growing up black. -- The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307828613
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/19/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
861,054
File size:
2 MB

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R. B. Shepherd
Murray is always the playful theoretician, a man who can turn a potential identity crisis into a vital style. He can equate the improvisations of Uncle Remis, Jelly Roll Morton and Lewis Armstrong with the existentialism of Camus and Sartre.

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