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Ralph Ellison (1913–1994)

Auteur de Homme invisible, pour qui chantes-tu?

20+ oeuvres 18,702 utilisateurs 246 critiques 55 Favoris

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Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914 - April 16, 1994) has the distinction of being one of the few writers who has established a firm literary reputation on the strength of a single work of long fiction. Writer and teacher, Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, studied at Tuskegee Institute, and has afficher plus lectured at New York, Columbia, and Fisk universities and at Bard College. He received the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955, and in 1964 he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has contributed short stories and essays to various publications. Invisible Man (1952), his first novel, won the National Book Award for 1953 and is considered an impressive work. It is a vision of the underground man who is also the invisible African American, and its possessor has employed this subterranean view and viewer to so extraordinary an advantage that the impression of the novel is that of a pioneer work. A book of essays, Shadow and Act, which discusses the African American in America and Ellison's Oklahoma boyhood, among other topics, appeared in 1964. Ralph Ellison died on April 16, 1994 of pancreatic cancer and was interred in a crypt at Trinity Church Cemetery in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins
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The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contributeur — 752 exemplaires
Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Contributeur — 414 exemplaires
Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature (Mentor) (1968) — Contributeur — 327 exemplaires
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] (1977) — Contributeur — 297 exemplaires
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contributeur — 281 exemplaires
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributeur — 269 exemplaires
Reporting Civil Rights, Part 1: American Journalism 1941-1963 (2003) — Contributeur — 235 exemplaires
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contributeur — 209 exemplaires
Modern American Memoirs (1995) — Contributeur — 189 exemplaires
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributeur — 142 exemplaires
The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Work (2010) — Contributeur — 142 exemplaires
Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White (1998) — Contributeur — 119 exemplaires
Calling the Wind: Twentieth Century African-American Short Stories (1992) — Contributeur — 100 exemplaires
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributeur — 98 exemplaires
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (2001) — Contributeur — 92 exemplaires
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributeur — 68 exemplaires
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Contributeur — 66 exemplaires
The Red Badge of Courage and Four Great Stories (1960) — Directeur de publication, quelques éditions48 exemplaires
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributeur — 22 exemplaires
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contributeur — 18 exemplaires
Robert Penn Warren talking: Interviews, 1950-1978 (1980) — Interviewer — 14 exemplaires
The living novel, a symposium (1957) — Contributeur — 14 exemplaires
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contributeur — 13 exemplaires
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contributeur — 13 exemplaires
The Writer's Voice: Conversations With Contemporary Writers (1924) — Contributeur — 6 exemplaires
Strange Barriers (1955) — Contributeur — 2 exemplaires
The Ethnic Image in Modern American Literature, 1900-1950 (1984) — Contributeur — 1 exemplaire


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***Group Read: Invisible Man Prologue & Chapters 1-12 à 1001 Books to read before you die (Septembre 2010)


So much changes yet so much stays the same . . . poignant almost 70 years after published.
s_carr | 211 autres critiques | Feb 25, 2024 |
I'm glad to have finally read this brilliant American classic, which I somehow have avoided or overlooked since I first heard of it back in high school. Chapter 1 is nothing less than an encapsulation of the entire history of the United States told as a brutal, ugly, incredibly racist "battle royale". Overall, this is the coming of age story of a young African American man, told in first person, who starts out as a naive but conflicted product of the Jim Crow south, and who has been indoctrinated with the ideas of Booker T. Washington while attending a historic Black college. From that point we follow him to Harlem where he sheds all his illusions and delusions and becomes "invisible", living underground off the grid so to speak, and surviving in some way that is hidden from us. We learn how he gets there and what might happen next. Along the way he becomes prominent in the Brotherhood (the American Communist Party, I guess) and these chapters are tense and frustrating. Run by white people, the organization blatantly and hyprocritically exploits Black people for its own ends, which are, confusing, contradictory, and incoherent. One day they adore Mr. Invisible, the next they are denouncing him internally and threatening him with...something. They are very big on being "scientific" and whitesplaining the hell out of their activities in Harlem. At any rate, when we reach the end, Mr. Invisible appears ready to emerge from underground, just in time for the civil rights movement and all that has happened since. Seventy years after its publication, this novel is still incredibly relevant.… (plus d'informations)
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Octavia78 | 211 autres critiques | Jan 4, 2024 |
One of the great American novels of the 20th Century....
Mark_Feltskog | 211 autres critiques | Dec 23, 2023 |
This was an excellent book. The prose was evocative in a way that reminds me of what creative writing teachers try to encourage but fail to describe. The narrative flows despite the brutal topics. I'll admit that the resolution of the story itself is not entirely clear to me; I didn't have the revelation that the main character had. Still, it is easily the best-written work of fiction that I've read in a long time.
cmayes | 211 autres critiques | Dec 21, 2023 |


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