Albert Murray, author, critic and friend to Ralph Ellison and Duke Ellington, dead at 97

  • by: HILLEL ITALIE , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 19, 2013 - 3:40 PM

NEW YORK — Albert Murray, the influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the "unsquarest man I know," died Sunday. He was 97.

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