Ralph Ellison : a biography /

"Ralph Ellison is justly celebrated for his epochal novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953 and has become a classic of American literature. But Ellison's strange inability to finish a second novel, despite his dogged efforts and soaring prestige, made him a supremel...

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Main Author: Rampersad, Arnold.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Vintage Books, 2008
Edition:1st Vintage Books ed.
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260 |a New York :  |b Vintage Books,  |c 2008 
300 |a 657 p., [28] p. of plates :  |b ill. ;  |c 21 cm. 
520 |a "Ralph Ellison is justly celebrated for his epochal novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953 and has become a classic of American literature. But Ellison's strange inability to finish a second novel, despite his dogged efforts and soaring prestige, made him a supremely enigmatic figure. Arnold Rampersad skillfully tells the story of a writer whose thunderous novel and astute, courageous essays on race, literature, and culture assure him of a permanent place in our literary heritage. Starting with Ellison's hardscrabble childhood in Oklahoma and his ordeal as a student in Alabama, Rampersad documents his improbable, painstaking rise in New York to a commanding place on the literary scene. With scorching honesty but also fair and compassionate, Rampersad lays bare his subject's troubled psychology and its impact on his art and on the people about him.This book is both the definitive biography of Ellison and a stellar model of literary biography." --Publisher's website. 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references (p. [569]-624) and index. 
505 0 0 |t In the territory --  |t Leaving the territory --  |t In a land most strange --  |t A shock of transition --  |t The recognition of necessity --  |t The numbed and seething --  |t A mighty book, a mighty theme --  |t The agon of writing --  |t In the home stretch --  |t Finish line --  |t Annus Mirabilis --  |t Second act --  |t Adventure in Rome --  |t The pleasure of home --  |t Hanging fire --  |t Tell it like it is, baby --  |t A "Lone-Star" Negro --  |t Professor in the humanities --  |t The monkey on his back --  |t The uncanny penetration of the past --  |t Flying home. 
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