Ralph Ellison: A Biography
Invisible Man, Shadow and Act, and Going to the Territory, all books by that quintessential twentieth century literary artist Ralph Waldo Ellison, remain towering masterworks of American literature for their penetrating explorations of racial identity, cultural complexity, and historical consequences in the United States. With Senator Barack Obama’s historic bid for the White House evolving daily into the possibility of an historic win, Ellison’s brilliantly ...more
Having been overwhelmed by Ellison's novel, "Invisible Man," in college, I was one of many intrigued by ...more
Arnold Rampersad, professor of English and humanities at Stanford, makes the most of his access to the papers of Ralph Ellison. He sifted through mountains of previously unexamined documents for the details that give readers a glimpse__warts and all__of the man behind Invisible Man. Rampersad's experience with biography runs deep, which explains his ability to give us an honest account of Ellison's life. Ralph Ellison is engaging and far-reaching, if long. It also balances revealing anecdotes ab...more
This Bio was a great read but utterly sad. A Great reflection of how America can build a Black person up while destroying them at the same time.
Its like Elison wrote Invisible Man and then died, rising to come back to life as the type of Black man that he originally despised so early in his life and that he created in Invisible Man as "college president Dr. ...more