The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison: Revised and Updated

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 1, 2011 - Social Science - 904 pages
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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.”
 

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Contents

Preface by Saul Bellow ix
3
Flamenco
19
Tell It Like It Is Baby
27
S H A D O W A N D A C T
47
American Fiction
113
Living with Music
227
The Golden Age Time Past
237
As the Spirit Moves Mahalia
250
Commencement Address at the College
409
Address to the Harvard College Alumni Class of 1949
419
Haverford Statement
431
Homage to William L Dawson
437
Alain Locke
443
Roscoe Dunjee and the American Language
453
Presentation to Bernard Malamud of
465
Introduction to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
473

Some Questions and Some Answers
291
The Shadow and the Act
302
The Way It Is
310
Harlem Is Nowhere
320
A Review
328
Working Notes for Invisible Man
341
A Special Message to Subscribers
351
Indivisible Man
357
James Armistead Lafayette
401
G O I N G T O T H E T E R R IT O R
493
A Talk with Ralph
787
On Being the Target of Discrimination
823
Bearden
833
Notes for Class Day Talk at Columbia University
841
Foreword to The Beer Can by the Highway
847
Address at the Whiting Foundation
853
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About the author (2011)

John F. Callahan is Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. He edited Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth and co-edited, with Albert Murray, the Modern Library edition of Trading Twelves.

Saul Bellow, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, has written thirteen novels and numerous novellas, stories, and essays.


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