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Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison (1914–1994) 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 F. Callahan and Adam Bradley
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2011
$25.00/28.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75954-3 (0-375-75954-9)

At his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind several thousand pages of his unfinished second novel, which he had spent nearly four decades writing. Five years later, Random House published Juneteenth, drawn from the central narrative of Ellison’s epic work in progress. Three Days Before the Shooting . . ... Read more

The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison
Written by Ralph Ellison, Preface by Saul Bellow, Edited by John F. Callahan
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2003
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6826-2 (0-8129-6826-3)

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

Flying Home
Written by Ralph Ellison
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1998
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-77661-1 (0-679-77661-3)

Written between 1937 and 1954 and now available in paperback for the first time, these thirteen stories are a potent distillation of the genius of Ralph Ellison. Six of them remained unpublished during Ellison's lifetime and were discovered among the author's effects in a folder labeled "Early Stories." But they all... Read more

Going to the Territory
Written by Ralph Ellison
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1995
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76001-6 (0-679-76001-6)

The work of one of the most formidable figures in American intellectual life."

-- Washington Post Book World

The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ralph Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzlingly innovative novelists but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture... Read more

Invisible Man
Written by Ralph Ellison
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1995
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73276-1 (0-679-73276-4)

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... Read more

Invisible Man
Written by Ralph Ellison, Preface by Charles Johnson
Modern Library | Hardcover | June 1994
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-60139-5 (0-679-60139-2)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Invisible Man
is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won... Read more

Written by Ralph Ellison, Preface by Charles Johnson
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2000
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70754-4 (0-375-70754-9)


"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--Newsday

From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary... Read more

Living with Music
Written by Ralph Ellison, Edited by Robert O'Meally
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2002
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-76023-5 (0-375-76023-7)

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. Read more

Ralph Ellison: A Life in Letters
Written by Ralph Ellison, Edited by John F. Callahan and Marc Conner
Random House | Hardcover | December 4, 2018
$40.00/54.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-9852-8 (0-8129-9852-9)

An autobiography through the previously unpublished letters of the renowned author of Invisible Man, with insights into the riddle of American identity, the writer's craft, and his own life and work.

Over six decades (1933 to 1993), Ralph Ellison's extensive and revealing correspondence remarkably details his aspirations and anxieties, confidence and uncertainties... Read more

Shadow and Act
Written by Ralph Ellison
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1995
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76000-9 (0-679-76000-8)

With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel Invisible Man, Ralph 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...

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Trading Twelves
Written by Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, Preface by Albert Murray, Edited by John Callahan, Introduction by John Callahan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2001
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70805-3 (0-375-70805-7)

This absorbing collection of letters spans a decade in the lifelong friendship of two remarkable writers who engaged the subjects of literature, race, and identity with deep clarity and passion.

The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, Invisible Man... Read more

Voices in Our Blood
Written by Jon Meacham, Contribution by Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker and James Baldwin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$18.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75881-2 (0-375-75881-X)

A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present—including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis 

Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a... Read more