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The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison (Modern Library) Hardcover – November 14, 1995


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Ellison was a believer in the hybrid nature of American culture, a position clearly articulated in the essay "What America Would Be Like Without Blacks." Elsewhere, he writes about the music of jazzmen Charlie Parker and Charlie Christian, the fiction of Richard Wright and Stephen Crane, and about the creation of his novel, Invisible Man that rocketed him to fame. This book brings together the contents of Ellison's Shadow and Act and Going to the Territory, as well as a dozen or so other essays and talks previously uncollected.

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"[Ellison's] essays never fail to be elegantly written, beautifully composed, and intelletually sophisticated." —Los Angeles Times


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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library
  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Modern library ed edition (November 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679601767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679601760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph Ellison (1914-94) was born in Oklahoma 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. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at several institutions, including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University, where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBooks on October 30, 2013
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Mr. Ellison was the writer, first and foremost, that inspired me to write.

The virtuosity of his prose, its complexity for the sake of revealing insights, sometimes unpopular, but always bone honest, will leave you in awe of his intellect, his passion, courage and warmth.

He hits his stride the best with me when he talks about jazz, and how it reflects the society into which it was born. There are passages here I reread for inspiration, when I need to be reminded why one is called to write.

One of the greats, to be sure.

Enjoy!
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By Alex Stinson on December 27, 2014
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Valuable piece for exploring the complexities of Elllisons insights into literature during the 20th century
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