Ralph Ellison (full name Ralph Waldo Ellison) was born on March 1, 1913 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He was a scholar and writer.
Biography and Career :
He was a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute.
As a writer, one of the most famous works he published was "The Invisible Man" (1952). The theme of that novel was the life of black people exploited by the American society. He is one of the few black writers to influence a lot the 20th century literature. His novel was one of the first literary works to describe the modern racial problems in the United States from a black people's point of view.
"Invisible Man" was awarded the National Prize of the Book, the category: fiction, in 1953.
- His birthday has been listed as either 1913 or 1914 by vario
us reputable sources.
- He spent a month as a lecturer at a seminar in Salzburg.
- He was also an accomplished sculptor, musician and photographer.
- He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1985 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
- His second wife, Fanny Ellison, who helped him to edit "The Invisible Man" died in New York on November 19, 2005 at the age of ninety-three.
- "America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description."
- "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
- "I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed."
- "When I discover who I am, I'll be free."
- Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
- Living with Music: Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings
- The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison (1995)
- Flying Home: and Other Stories (1996)
- Conversations With Ralph Ellison
- Invisible Man (1952)
- Shadow and Act (1964)
- Going to the Territory (1985)
- Juneteenth (1999) published posthumously.
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