Murrell Edmunds was a poet,
novelist, and playwright best known for his biting irony and his strident defense of
African Americans during the Jim Crow era, when legislation in Virginia and
throughout the South stripped blacks of many basic civil rights. An Army veteran, Edmunds gave up a law
practice to write full-time, publishing books that were highly conventional formally
but often controversial in their subject matter. He spent much of his career in New
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