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Albert Murray, critic and novelist, dead at 97
Albert Murray, critic and novelist, dead at 97

The writer Albert Murray, a maverick intellectual who challenged widespread assumptions about U.S. and African American culture, has died in New York City at age 97. Murray, a novelist as well as essayist and literary and music critic, wrote more than a dozen books, beginning in 1970s with the seminal “The Omni-Americans: Black Experience and American Culture,” which posed a searing critique of both black separatism and white establishment ideas of the “dysfunction” of the black community. In “The Omni-Americans” Murray argued that there “was no so-called 'American' culture without the Negro-American formal element and content in its marvelous blend, and no ‘black American’ culture...