Ralph Ellison

“Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1913 – April 16, 1994) was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also wrote Shadow and Act (1964), a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory (1986). For The New York Times, the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him “among the gods of America’s literary Parnassus.” A posthumous novel, Juneteenth, was published after being assembled from voluminous notes he left after his death.”

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  • Invisible Man (Random House, 1952).
  • Flying Home and Other Stories (Random House,1996).
    • Includes the short story “A Party Down at the Square”
  • Juneteenth (Random House, 1999).
  • Three Days Before the Shooting… (Modern Library, 2010).


  • Shadow and Act (Random House, 1964).
  • Going to the Territory (Random House, 1986).
  • The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison (Modern Library, 1995).
  • Living with Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings (Modern Library, 2002).


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