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Albert Lee Murray

Albert Lee Murray, American writer, educator. Woodrow Wilson fellow Drew University, 1983; recipient Lincoln Center Directors Emeriti award, 1991, National Book Critic's Circuit Lifetime Achievement award, 1996, Doctor of Humane Letters Spring Hill College, 1996, Doctor Letters Hamilton College, 1997, Harper Lee award Alabama Writer's Forum, 1998, Clarence Cason award for non-fiction University Alabama, 2001.

Background

  • Murray, Albert Lee was born on May 12, 1916 in Nokomis, Alabama, United States. Son of John Lee and Sudie (Graham) Young.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Education, Tuskegee Institute, 1939. Master of Arts in English, New York University, 1948. Postgrad., University Michigan, 1940.

      Postgrad., Northwestern University, 1941. Postgrad., University Paris, 1950. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Colgate University, 1975.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), Tuskegee University, 1999. Doctor of Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2000.

    Career

    • Teacher undergraduate composition and literature Tuskegee Institute, 1940-1943, 46-51, also director College Little Theatre, consultant on jazz. Lecturer Graduate School Journalism, Columbia University, New York City, 1968. O'Connor professor literature Colgate University, 1970, O'Connor lecturer, 1973, professor humanities, 1982.

      Visiting professor literature University Massachusetts, Boston, 1971. Paul Anthony Brick lecturer University Missouri, 1972. Writer-in-residence Emory University, 1978.

      Adjunct associate professor creative writing Barnard College, New York City, 1981-1983. Lecturer, participant symposia in field. DuPont visiting scholar Washington and Lee University, 1993.

    Works

    • Stomping The Blues (Da Capo Paperback)
    • This study of the blues by one of America’s premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music—a blues that dances, shakes, shimmies, and exchanges bad news for stomping, rollicking, pulse-quickening good times.
    • Stomping the Blues
    • This study of the blues by one of America’s premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music—a blues that dances, shakes, shimmies, and exchanges bad news for stomping, rollicking, pulse-quickening good times.
    • The Spyglass Tree
    • A deeply affecting, stylishly elegant novel of remembrance about a young African-American man's advent into the world of academia, an imaginary Alabama college, in the 1930s.

    Membership

    Served to major United States Army Air Force, World World War II. Retired United States Army Air Force. Member of American Academy Arts ans Sciences, American Academy Arts and Letters.

    Connections

    • Married Mozelle Menefee, May 31, 1941. 1 child, Michele.
    • father: John Lee Young
    • mother: Sudie (Graham) Young
    • spouse: Mozelle Menefee
    • child: Michele Murray
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    Born March 12, 1916
    Nationality
    • 1939
      Tuskegee Institute
    • 1948
      New York University
    • 1940
      University Michigan
    • 1941
      Northwestern University
    • 1950
      University Paris
    • 1975
      Colgate University
    • 1999
      Tuskegee University
    • 1968
      lecturer, Graduate School Journalism
    • 1971
      visiting professor, literature University Massachusetts
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1972
      Paul Anthony Brick lecturer, University Missouri
    • 1978
      writer, -in-residence Emory University
    • 1981 - 1983
      adjunct associate, professor creative writing Barnard College
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