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Author, intellectual, and social critic, Ralph Ellison (1914-94) was a pivotal figure in American literature and history and arguably the father of African American modernism. Universally acclaimed for his first novel, Invisible Man, a masterpiece of modern fiction, Ellison was recognized with a stunning succession of honors, including the 1953 National Book Award. Despite his literary accomplishments and political activism, however, Ellison has received surprisingly sparse treatment from biographers. Lawrence Jacksons biography of Ellison, the first when it was published in 2002, focuses on the authors early life.

Powerfully enhanced by rare photographs, this work draws from archives, literary correspondence, and interviews with Ellisons relatives, friends, and associates. Tracing the writers path from poverty in dust bowl Oklahoma to his rise among the literary elite, Jackson explores Ellisons important relationships with other stars, particularly Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, and examines his previously undocumented involvement in the Socialist Left of the 1930s and 1940s, the black radical rights movement of the same period, and the League of American Writers. The result is a fascinating portrait of a fraternal cadre of important black writers and critics--and the singularly complex and intriguing man at its center.

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A paperback edition of this excellent biography, which was the first when it was published in 2002. Focusing especially on Ellison's early years, Jackson (English and African American Studies, Emory U.) explores his development as a classical and jazz musician; his college years at Tuskegee where his music ambitions were eventually extinguished and he was inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land" to begin writing; his relationships with other stars, including Langston Hughes and Richard Wright; his involvement with the socialist Left of the 1930s and 1940s, the black radical rights movement of the same period, and the League of American Writers; and his career leading up to and after publication of The Invisible Man. This edition incorporates a few minor changes to the historical record. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Author, intellectual, and social critic, Ralph Ellison (191494) was a pivotal figure in American literature and history and arguably the father of African American modernism. Universally acclaimed for his first novel, Invisible Man, a masterpiece of modern fiction, Ellison was recognized with a stunning succession of honors, including the 1953 National Book Award. Despite his literary accomplishments and political activism, however, Ellison has received surprisingly sparse treatment from biographers. Lawrence Jacksons biography of Ellison, the first when it was published in 2002, focuses on the authors early life.

About the Author

Lawrence P. Jackson is an associate professor of African American studies and English at Emory University. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship and was Resident Fellow at Harvards W. E. B. Du Bois Institute while completing this book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820329932
Author:
Jackson, Lawrence Patrick
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Manufactured:
University of Georgia Press
Author:
Jackson, Lawrence
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
African American novelists
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 bandw photos
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.6 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Author, intellectual, and social critic, Ralph Ellison (191494) was a pivotal figure in American literature and history and arguably the father of African American modernism. Universally acclaimed for his first novel, Invisible Man, a masterpiece of modern fiction, Ellison was recognized with a stunning succession of honors, including the 1953 National Book Award. Despite his literary accomplishments and political activism, however, Ellison has received surprisingly sparse treatment from biographers. Lawrence Jacksons biography of Ellison, the first when it was published in 2002, focuses on the authors early life.
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