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Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray

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This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve bars of music around the same musical idea-their lively dialog centers upon their respective writing, the jazz they both love so well, on travel, family, the work literary contemporaries (including Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway) and the challenge of racial inclusiveness that they wish to pose to America through their craft. Infused with warmth, humor, and great erudition, Trading Twelves offers a glimpse into literary history in the making—and into a powerful and enduring friendship.

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Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in 1914. He is the

Synopsis:

A compelling assortment of personal letters captures a decade in the lifelong friendship of Albert Murray and Ralph Ellison, beginning in 1950 when Murray was a professor at Tuskegee Institute and Ellison was working on Invisible Man, and describes their mutual love of jazz, their writing careers, racial injustice, and their contemporaries--James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and others. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Table of Contents

Tuskeegee and New York, 1950-1955 — Rome, Casablanca, and New York, 1955-1958 — Los Angeles and New York, 1958-1960.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307560742
Subtitle:
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Publisher:
Vintage
Editor:
Callahan, John
Edited by:
Albert Murray
Author:
Callahan, John
Author:
Ralph Ellison
Author:
Albert Murray
Author:
Murray, Albert
Author:
Callahan, John F.
Author:
Ralph Ellison
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Cultural Heritage
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Literary Collections : Essays
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Critics
Subject:
United states
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
United States Intellectual life.
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010515
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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"Synopsis" by , Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma in 1914. He is the
"Synopsis" by , A compelling assortment of personal letters captures a decade in the lifelong friendship of Albert Murray and Ralph Ellison, beginning in 1950 when Murray was a professor at Tuskegee Institute and Ellison was working on Invisible Man, and describes their mutual love of jazz, their writing careers, racial injustice, and their contemporaries--James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and others. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
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