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Ralph Ellison by Arnold Rampersad

Title Ralph Ellison
Author Arnold Rampersad
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2008
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 657
ISBN 9780375707988
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A study of the life, work, and influence of Ralph Ellison details his poverty-stricken Oklahoma youth, his education and involvement in New York's liberal intellectual circles, his personal relationships, and the influence of racism on his life.

Shadow And Act by Ralph Ellison

Title Shadow and Act
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 1995
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 317
ISBN 9780679760009
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ellison describes his development as a writer in the light of his racial identity and his early career as a musician.

Title Conversations with Ralph Ellison
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date 1995
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 409
ISBN 0878057811
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Having published only one novel, Ralph Ellison gained and retained a reputation as one of America's premier authors. Though urged by his admirers and by critics to write more, at the time of his death in 1994 Ellison's renown rested upon a novel published in the 1950s. He remained at the peak of his eminence, acclaimed principally for this single work. But this astonishing book was Invisible Man, one of the cornerstones of modern American literature. In these interviews the author of this masterpiece proves himself intellectually vigorous, witty, and sometimes combative. These conversations about himself and about literature show him to be strongly independent, whether his remarks consider race, art, writing, or culture.

Ralph Ellison by Lawrence Patrick Jackson

Title Ralph Ellison
Author Lawrence Patrick Jackson
Publisher University of Georgia Press
Release Date 2007
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 498
ISBN 0820329932
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Author, intellectual, and social critic, Ralph Ellison (1914-94) was a pivotal figure in American literature and history and arguably the father of African American modernism. Universally acclaimed for his first novel, Invisible Man, a masterpiece of modern fiction, Ellison was recognized with a stunning succession of honors, including the 1953 National Book Award. Despite his literary accomplishments and political activism, however, Ellison has received surprisingly sparse treatment from biographers. Lawrence Jackson’s biography of Ellison, the first when it was published in 2002, focuses on the author’s early life. Powerfully enhanced by rare photographs, this work draws from archives, literary correspondence, and interviews with Ellison’s relatives, friends, and associates. Tracing the writer’s path from poverty in dust bowl Oklahoma to his rise among the literary elite, Jackson explores Ellison’s important relationships with other stars, particularly Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, and examines his previously undocumented involvement in the Socialist Left of the 1930s and 1940s, the black radical rights movement of the same period, and the League of American Writers. The result is a fascinating portrait of a fraternal cadre of important black writers and critics--and the singularly complex and intriguing man at its center.

Title The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison
Author Ross Posnock
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2005-05-05
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 237
ISBN 0521827817
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A comprehensive introduction to novelist and critic Ralph Ellison and his masterpiece Invisible Man.

Ralph Ellison by Harold Bloom

Title Ralph Ellison
Author Harold Bloom
Publisher Infobase Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 247
ISBN 9781604135787
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents a collection of critical essays on the works of Ralph Ellison.

Title Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man A Reference Guide
Author Michael D. Hill
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release Date 2008-01-30
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780313350900
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is one of the most widely read works of African American literature. This book gives students a thorough yet concise introduction to the novel. Included are chapters on the creation of the novel, its plot, its historical and social contexts, the themes and issues it addresses, Ellison's literary style, and the critical reception of the work. Students will welcome this book as a guide to the novel and the concerns it raises. The volume offers a detailed summary of the plot of Invisible Man as well as a discussion of its origin. It additionally considers the social, historical, and political contexts informing Ellison's work, along with the themes and issues Ellison addresses. It explores Ellison's literary art and surveys the novel's critical reception. Students will value this book for what it says about Invisible Man as well as for its illumination of enduring social concerns.

Ralph Ellison S Invisible Man by John F. Callahan

Title Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man
Author John F. Callahan
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date 2004
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780195145366
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The books that comprise the 'Casebooks in Criticism' series offer edited in-depth readings and critical notes and studies on the most important classic novels. This volume explores Ellison's 'Invisible Man'.

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

Title Juneteenth
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011-06-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 0307797368
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER "[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--Newsday From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. "Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.

Title Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel
Author H. William Rice
Publisher Lexington Books
Release Date 2007-03-29
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 149
ISBN 0739123238
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this engaging study, H. William Rice illuminates the mystery that is Ralph Ellison: the author of one complex, important novel who failed to complete his second; a black intellectual who remained notably reticent on political issues during the desegregation of his native South. Rice guides his reader to a greater understanding of Ralph Ellison, his oeuvre, and the American novel.

Shadowing Ralph Ellison by John Samuel Wright

Title Shadowing Ralph Ellison
Author John Samuel Wright
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date 2006
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 294
ISBN 1604730757
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1952, Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) published his novel Invisible Man, which transformed the dynamics of American literature. The novel won the National Book Award, extended the themes of his early short stories, and dramatized in fictional form the cultural theories expressed in his later essay collections Shadow & Act and Going to the Territory. In Shadowing Ralph Ellison, John Wright traces Ellison's intellectual and aesthetic development and the evolution of his cultural philosophy throughout his long career. The book explores Ellison's published fiction, his criticism and correspondence, and his passionate exchanges with and impact onOCoother literary intellectuals during the Cold War 1950s and during the culture wars of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Wright examines Ellison's body of work through the lens of Ellison's cosmopolitan philosophy of art and culture, which the writer began to construct during the late 1930s. Ellison, Wright argues, eschewed orthodoxy in both political and cultural discourse, maintaining that to achieve the highest cultural awareness and the greatest personal integrity, the individual must cultivate forms of thinking and acting that are fluid, improvisational, and vitalisticOColike the blues and jazz."

Title Reading Learning Teaching Ralph Ellison
Author Paul Lee Thomas
Publisher Peter Lang
Release Date 2008
Category Education
Total Pages 143
ISBN 1433100908
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Our English classrooms are often only as vibrant as the literature that we teach. This book explores the writing of African American author Ralph Ellison, who offers readers and students engaging fiction and non-fiction that confront the reader and the world. Here, teachers will find an introduction to Ellison's works and an opportunity to explore how to bring them into the classroom as a part of the reading and writing curriculum. This book attempts to confront what we teach and how we teach as instructors of literature through the vivid texts Ellison offers his readers.

Title Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man
Author Harold Bloom
Publisher Infobase Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category African American men in literature
Total Pages 215
ISBN 9781438128726
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents a collection of interpretations of Ralph Ellison's novel, "Invisible man."

Title Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope
Author Lucas E. Morel
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Release Date 2015-01-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780813147734
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An important new collection of original essays that examine how Ellison's landmark novel, Invisible Man (1952), addresses the social, cultural, political, economic, and racial contradictions of America. Commenting on the significance of Mark Twain's writings, Ralph Ellison wrote that "a novel could be fashioned as a raft of hope, perception and entertainment that might help keep us afloat as we tried to negotiate the snags and whirlpools that mark our nation's vacillating course toward and away from the democratic ideal." Ellison believed it was the contradiction between America's "noble ideals and the actualities of our conduct" that inspired the most profound literature -- "the American novel at its best." Drawing from the fields of literature, politics, law, and history, the contributors make visible the political and ethical terms of Invisible Man, while also illuminating Ellison's understanding of democracy and art. Ellison hoped that his novel, by providing a tragicomic look at American ideals and mores, would make better citizens of his readers. The contributors also explain Ellison's distinctive views on the political tasks and responsibilities of the novelist, an especially relevant topic as contemporary writers continue to confront the American incongruity between democratic faith and practice. Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope uniquely demonstrates why Invisible Man stands as a premier literary meditation on American democracy.

Title The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Modern Library
Release Date 2011-06-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 904
ISBN 9780307797025
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as “a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions that focus on race,” and Going to the Territory (1986), an exploration of literature and folklore, jazz and culture, and the nature and quality of lives that black Americans lead. “Ralph Ellison,” wrote Stanley Crouch, “reached across race, religion, class and sex to make us all Americans.”

Ralph Ellison by Gerald Lyn Early

Title Ralph Ellison
Author Gerald Lyn Early
Publisher Marshall Cavendish
Release Date 2010-01-15
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 144
ISBN 0761446990
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An in-depth analysis of Ralph Ellison, his writings, and the historical time period in which they were written.

Title Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke
Author Bryan Crable
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Release Date 2012
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 242
ISBN 9780813932163
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke focuses on the little-known but important friendship between two canonical American writers. The story of this fifty-year friendship, however, is more than literary biography; Bryan Crable argues that the Burke-Ellison relationship can be interpreted as a microcosm of the American "racial divide." Through examination of published writings and unpublished correspondence, he reconstructs the dialogue between Burke and Ellison about race that shaped some of their most important works, including Burke's A Rhetoric of Motives and Ellison's Invisible Man. In addition, the book connects this dialogue to changes in American discourse about race. Crable shows that these two men were deeply connected, intellectually and personally, but the social division between white and black Americans produced hesitation, embarrassment, mystery, and estrangement where Ellison and Burke might otherwise have found unity. By using Ellison’s nonfiction and Burke’s rhetorical theory to articulate a new vocabulary of race, the author concludes not with a simplistic "healing" of the divide but with a challenge to embrace the responsibility inherent to our social order. American Literatures Initiative

Title Ralph Ellison in Progress
Author Adam Bradley
Publisher Yale University Press
Release Date 2010-05-04
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780300147148
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ellison may be the preeminent African-American author of the twentieth century, though he published only one novel, 1952’s Invisible Man. He enjoyed a highly successful career in American letters, publishing two collections of essays, teaching at several colleges and universities, and writing dozens of pieces for newspapers and magazines, yet Ellison never published the second novel he had been composing for more than forty years. A 1967 fire that destroyed some of his work accounts for only a small part of the novel’s fate; the rest is revealed in the thousands of pages he left behind after his death in 1994, many of them collected for the first time in the recently published Three Days Before the Shooting . . . . Ralph Ellison in Progress is the first book to survey the expansive geography of Ellison’s unfinished novel while re-imaging the more familiar, but often misunderstood, territory of Invisible Man. It works from the premise that understanding Ellison’s process of composition imparts important truths not only about the author himself but about race, writing, and American identity. Drawing on thousands of pages of Ellison’s journals, typescripts, computer drafts, and handwritten notes, many never before studied, Adam Bradley argues for a shift in scholarly emphasis that moves a greater share of the weight of Ellison’s literary legacy to the last forty years of his life and to the novel he left forever in progress.

Title A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison
Author Steven C. Tracy
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2004-05-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 296
ISBN 0199727325
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ellison has been a controversial figure, both lionized and vilified, since he seemed to burst onto the national literary scene in 1952 with the publication of Invisible Man. In this volume Steven C. Tracy has gathered a broad range of critics who look not only at Ellison's seminal novel but also at the fiction and nonfiction work that both preceded and followed it, focusing on important historical and cultural influences that help contextualize Ellison's thematic concerns and artistic aesthetic. These essays, all previously unpublished, explore how Ellison's various apprenticeships--in politics as a Black radical; in music as an admirer and practitioner of European, American, and African-American music; and in literature as heir to his realist, naturalist, and modernist forebears--affected his mature literary productions, including his own careful molding of his literary reputation. They present us with a man negotiating the difficult sociopolitical, intellectual, and artistic terrain facing African Americans as America was increasingly forced to confront its own failures with regard to the promise of the American dream to its diverse populations. These wide-ranging historical essays, along with a brief biography and an illustrated chronology, provide a concise yet authoritative discussion of a twentieth-century American writer whose continued presence on the stage of American and world literature and culture is now assured.

Title Race Ralph Ellison and American Cold War Intellectual Culture
Author R. Purcell
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2013-10-31
Category Political Science
Total Pages 200
ISBN 9781137313843
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

While the arms race of the post-war period has been widely discussed, Purcell explores the under-acknowledged but critical role another kind of 'race' – that is, race as a biological and sociological concept – played within the global and cultural Cold War.