Invisible Man (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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Ellison broke the mold with this novel. This is one timeless, poignant, gut-punching story that deftly details the realities of African-American life in America. Ellison's writing is rife with rhythmic paranoia and steeped in a hopeful passion. Invisible Man was ahead of its time, yet still very much on time today as it was in 1952. 

— From Blair


A milestone in American literature--a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

About the Author

Ralph Ellison was born in Okalahoma and trained as a musician at Tuskegee Institute from 1933 to 1936, at which time a visit to New York and a meeting with Richard Wright led to his first attempts at fiction. Invisible Man won the National Book Award and the Russwurm Award. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at many colleges including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities from 1970 through 1980. Ralph Ellison died in 1994.

Praise For…

"A book of the very first order, a superb book."—Saul Bellow
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679732761
ISBN-10: 0679732764
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 14th, 1995
Pages: 608
Language: English
Series: Vintage International