Ralph W. Ellison

Ralph W. Ellison

Ralph Ellison was born on this date in 1914. He was an American author, educator, and one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

Ralph Waldo Ellison was born in Oklahoma City and educated at Tuskegee Institute. His best-known work, “Invisible Man,” expounds the theme that American society willfully ignores Blacks. The novel was one of the first works to describe modern racial problems in the United States from a Black American point of view. It received the National Book Award for fiction in 1953. In his essay collections, “Shadow” and “Act and Going to the Territory,” Ellison addressed various aspects of American culture.

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