Stanley Crouch, contentious man of letters, dead at 74


A popular and influential critic has died he was a true renaissance man with an attitude Stanley crouch normally cross lines he shadowed them his writings both fiction and non fiction were inspired by his knowledge and love of blues and jazz during his career crouch was a columnist for The Village Voice and New York Daily News and was a frequent guest on NPR well he was a mentor to jazz great Wynton Marsalis he was no fan of artists like Toni Morrison Spike Lee and Amari Baraka dismissing them and their work in often harsh terms crouch has died at a hospice in New York City his wife says he had been in poor health after a stroke he was seventy four years old I'm Oscar wells Gabriel

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