Ralph Ellison





Ralph Ellison


Born
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, The United States
March 01, 1913

Died
April 16, 1994

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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). For The New York Times , the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him "among the gods of America's literary Parnassus." A posthumous novel, Juneteenth, was published after being assembled from voluminous notes he left after his death.

Ellison died of Pancreatic Cancer on April 16, 1994. He was eighty-one years old.

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Invisible Man

3.84 avg rating — 133,062 ratings — published 1952 — 118 editions
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Shadow and Act

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Flying Home and Other Stories

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The Collected Essays

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Battle Royal

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Going to the Territory

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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?”
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“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
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Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  27 votes, 20.6%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 16.0%

 
  12 votes, 9.2%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.6%

 
  9 votes, 6.9%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.1%

 
  8 votes, 6.1%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.3%

 
  5 votes, 3.8%

 
  5 votes, 3.8%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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