"Invisible Man belongs on the shelf with the classical efforts man has made to chart the river Lethe from its mouth to its source."—The New York Times Book Review
Though Ralph Ellison was reluctant to acknowledge autobiographical ties to his novel, Invisible Man (1952), most critics agree that much of the book alludes to Ellison’s early years as a student at Tuskegee and as an aspiring writer in New York. Ellison himself understood the paradox. As a winner the National Book Award, he was one of the most recognized writers in the country. His narrator, on the other hand, had been so marginalized by society he was nameless.
Ellison is also the author of Shadow and Act (1964), a collection of essays, but he was never able to complete his second novel, Juneteenth, which was published posthumously.
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Invisible Man, 1952
Shadow and Act, 1964