About Irwin RussellIrwin Russell was an american poet and lawyer. He was considered by his southern contemporaries as John Keats. Although his literary output was limited, Russell was considered the forerunner of dialect writers such as Thomas Nelson Page and Joel Chandler Harris, who pointed to his work as an early influence on their own writing. Russell’s influence on his contemporaries was great, especially on local african-american writers who looked to his work as the precedent for depicting their diasporas and their dialect.
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