Invisible Man

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Vintage International, 1995 - Fiction - 581 pages
A milestone in American literature--a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read


A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
 

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INVISIBLE MAN

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An extremely powerful story of a young Southern Negro, from his late high school days through three years of college to his life in Harlem. His early training prepared him for a life of humility ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
34
Section 4
71
Section 5
98
Section 6
109
Section 7
136
Section 8
151
Section 15
296
Section 16
318
Section 17
333
Section 18
356
Section 19
383
Section 20
409
Section 21
423
Section 22
445

Section 9
162
Section 10
172
Section 11
196
Section 12
231
Section 13
251
Section 14
261
Section 23
462
Section 24
479
Section 25
513
Section 26
535
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About the author (1995)

Ralph Ellison was born in Okalahoma and trained as a musician at Tuskegee Institute from 1933 to 1936, at which time a visit to New York and a meeting with Richard Wright led to his first attempts at fiction. Invisible Man won the National Book Award and the Russwurm Award. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at many colleges including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities from 1970 through 1980. Ralph Ellison died in 1994.

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