Irwin Russell


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(1853–79), Mississippi poet, known for his works in black dialect. His accuracy of language and understanding of character were recognized by Joel Chandler Harris, who compiled Russell's single volume of verse as Poems by Irwin Russell (1888), in 1917 enlarged and reissued as Christmas-Night in the Quarters.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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