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This novel about a young black man in Harlem reveals the process of self-discovery and emphasizes individuality. Through a difficult passage into manhood, Ellison writes of the alienation of humans in everyday life, yet he remains whole and optimistic.
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With CliffsNotes on Invisible Man,you accompany a young black man in Harlemduring his process of self-discovery and individuality. Through a difficult passage into manhood, author Ralph Ellison writes of the alienation of humans in everyday life, yet remains whole and optimistic.
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About the Author Durthy A. Washington is a writer whose area of special interest is American ethnic literature, with an emphasis on the works of black American authors. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California and a master's degree in English from San Jose State University. She currently teaches at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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