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The Blue Devils of Nada 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 Blue Devils of NadaEssays, Nonfiction The blues has its putative origin with plantation workers in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, but for undersung novelist and essayist Albert Murray...1996-03-08Pantheon
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The Blue Devils of Nada

Genre: Essays, Nonfiction; Author: Albert Murray; Publisher: Pantheon

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. In the collection of essays The Blue Devils of Nada, Murray shows how the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie has common ground with the writing of Ernest Hemingway and the paintings and collages of Romare Bearden. Sometimes a scholarly, didactic tone comes through, making an emotional topic sound like a treatise. But for the most part, Murray imbues his subject with passion, in prose that’s both a vibrant symphony and a righteous riff. B+