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Ralph Ellison: Author of Invisible Man (World Writers)

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Describes the life of Ralph Ellison, best known for his novel "Invisible Man," and tells how his upbringing during segregation and training in classical and jazz music influenced his work.

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Trained in classical music but immersed in the jazz that penetrated every nook and cranny of his Oklahoma City neighborhood, Ralph Ellison grew up believing he would be a musician. When he dropped out of Tuskegee Institute because of a lack of funds, he moved north to Harlem, the center for African-American arts and culture. Though the renaissance was mostly over by 1936, Ellison still found plenty of like-minded people there. His friendships with Langston Hughes and Richard Wright nudged him toward writing, and Ellison came to believe that his love of jazz could inform the written word to create a uniquely American kind of prose. The result, after years of labor, was the novel Invisible Man. To this day it remains a seminal work, telling one man's story of how he came to understand and experience the conflict over race in America. Showing the influences of Ellison's musical background as well as his voracious reading, Invisible Man made Ellison a literary sensation. Over the years, he would continue to write and publish essays and stories. He also taught, sharing with his students his love of music, of writing, and of the history and mystery of the country he was proud to call his own. Ralph Ellison: Author of Invisible Man tells the story of how a boy from Oklahoma became a highly respected writer-and how his attitudes toward race helped shape the defining conflict of the century.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Jan 30, 2006
Publisher   Morgan Reynolds Publishing
ISBN  1931798699  
ISBN13  9781931798693  

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Respects young adults' ability to comprehend complex topics  Mar 24, 2006
Raised in Oklahoma City, Ralph Ellison studied classical music but was also immersed in jazz. He dropped out of Tuskegee Institute for lack of funds, and moved north to Harlem in 1936, where he was nudged toward writing by friends like Langston Hughes and Richard Wright. Infusing both his love of music and his voracious reading habit into his writing, Ellison created a uniquely American kind of prose in his seminal novel, INVISIBLE MAN.

This is the newest offering in Morgan Reynolds' "World Writers" series, and as always, the author treats young adults with respect and assumes them capable of comprehending complex topics and times.

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