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Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)

Author of Invisible Man

Includes the names: Ralph Ellison, Ralph Ellison, Ralph Waldo Ellison

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Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914 - April 16, 1994) has the distinction of being one of the few writers who has established a firm literary reputation on the strength of a single work of long fiction. Writer and teacher, Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, studied at Tuskegee Institute, and has lectured at New York, Columbia, and Fisk universities and at Bard College. He received the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955, and in 1964 he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has contributed short stories and essays to various publications. Invisible Man (1952), his first novel, won the National Book Award for 1953 and is considered an impressive work. It is a vision of the underground man who is also the invisible African American, and its possessor has employed this subterranean view and viewer to so extraordinary an advantage that the impression of the novel is that of a pioneer work. A book of essays, Shadow and Act, which discusses the African American in America and Ellison's Oklahoma boyhood, among other topics, appeared in 1964. Ralph Ellison died on April 16, 1994 of pancreatic cancer and was interred in a crypt at Trinity Church Cemetery in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 675 copies, 2 reviews
Points of View: Revised Edition (Contributor) 379 copies, 6 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 254 copies, 4 reviews
Modern American Memoirs (Contributor) 178 copies, 2 reviews
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (Contributor) 132 copies, 1 review

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Born in Deep Deuce neighborhood of Oklahoma City.
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