Ralph Ellison





Ralph Ellison

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born
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, The United States
March 01, 1914

died
April 16, 1994

gender
male

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influences
Hemingway, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Louis Armstrong, Richard Wright,...more


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Ralph Ellison was a scholar and writer. He was born Ralph Waldo Ellison in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, named by his father after Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ellison was best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also wrote Shadow and Act (1964), a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory (1986). Ellison references music in his novel having once thought of becoming a composer himself - he took a few lessons from an early admirer of Schoenberg, Wallingford Riegger, but stopped. Research by Lawrence Jackson, one of Ellison's biographers, has established that he was born a year earlier than had been previously thought.


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More books by Ralph Ellison…
“What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?”
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“I am an invisible man. 
No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: 
Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms.
I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids
- and I might even be said to possess a mind. 
I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.”
Ralph Ellison

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September 2014 New School Classic -

Which book would you like to read for our August 2014 New School Classic Group Read?

 
  30 votes, 17.3%

1996, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 224pp
 
  28 votes, 16.2%

 
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1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581pp
 
  18 votes, 10.4%

 
  15 votes, 8.7%

 
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1913, O Pioneers! by Willa Cather, 176pp
 
  6 votes, 3.5%

1957, On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 296pp
 
  5 votes, 2.9%

 
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