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Ralph Ellison

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Ralph Ellison (1914–94) was born in Oklahoma 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. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at several institutions, including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University, where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities. 
 

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Three Days Before the Shooting . . .

Written by Ralph Ellison
Edited by John Callahan and Adam Bradley


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 26, 2010
Price: $17.99

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Three Days Before the Shooting . . .

Written by Ralph Ellison
Edited by John Callahan and Adam Bradley


Format: Trade Paperback, 1136 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $25.00

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The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Saul Bellow
Edited by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 904 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $18.00

Compiled, edited, and newly revised by Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, John F. Callahan, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes posthumously discovered reviews, criticism, and interviews, as well as the essay collections Shadow and Act (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as “a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions... Read more >
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The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Saul Bellow
Edited by John Callahan


Format: eBook, 904 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 1, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Flying Home
and Other Stories
Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $15.00

"A welcome addition to Ellison's oeuvre. . . . These stories soar." --Time

"A shining installment . . . distinctive . . . gripping." --The New York Times Book Review Read more >
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Flying Home
and Other Stories
Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Going to the Territory

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.00

The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzling and innovative novelists, but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture, and race. In Going to the Territory, Ellison provides us with dramatically fresh readings of Faulkner... Read more >
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Going to the Territory

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Invisible Man

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.95

Winner of the National Book Award

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that has changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of... Read more >

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Invisible Man

Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Charles Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 14, 1994
Price: $21.00

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Invisible Man

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Juneteenth
A Novel
Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Charles Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $15.95

Edited by Ellison's literary executor, John Callahan--aided by Ellison's widow, Fanny--Juneteenth is the most complete section of his much larger forty year "work-in-progress."  It is the story of the relationship between the larger work's two central characters Bliss (a.k.a. the self-named "Sunraider"), a race baiting New England senator, and his one-time adoptive... Read more >
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Juneteenth
A Novel
Written by Ralph Ellison
Preface by Charles Johnson


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Living with Music
Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings
Written by Ralph Ellison
Edited by Robert O'Meally


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $14.95

Before Ralph Ellison became one of America’s greatest writers, he was a musician and a student of jazz, writing widely on his favorite music for more than fifty years. Now, jazz authority Robert O’Meally has collected the very best of Ellison’s inspired, exuberant jazz writings in this unique anthology.

“No Ellison fan... Read more >

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Shadow and Act

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $15.00

With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel Invisible Man, Ellison examines his antecedents and in so doing, illuminates the literature, music, and culture of both black and white America. His range is virtuosic, encompassing Mark Twain and Richard Wright, Mahalia Jackson and Charlie... Read more >
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Shadow and Act

Written by Ralph Ellison


Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00

The correspondence between Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve... Read more >
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Trading Twelves
The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray
Preface by Albert Murray
Edited by John Callahan
Introduction by John Callahan


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 2010
Price: $11.99

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