Ralph Ellison


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Oklahoma-born author, a student at Tuskegee Institute (1933–36), has been a visiting professor of creative writing, black culture, and humanities at various major universities, but is best known for his naturalistic novel, Invisible Man (1952), winner of a National Book Award, tracing the life of a young black man trying to find himself as an individual as well as in relation to his race and society. He also wrote Shadow and Act (1964), essays.

Subjects: Literature.

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