Ralph Ellison

1 Invisible Man

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1989-04-23
Description :  <b>A milestone in American literature--a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. </b><br /><br /><b>Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s <i>The Great American Read</i></b><br /><br />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 <i>The Waste Land</i>, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

2 Shadow and Act

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1995-03-14
Description :  With the same intellectual incisiveness and supple, stylish prose he brought to his classic novel <i>Invisible Man</i>, 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 Charlie Parker, <i>The Birth of a Nation</i> and the Dante-esque landscape of Harlem-"the scene and symbol of the Negro's perpetual alienation in the land of his birth." Throughout, he gives us what amounts to an episodic autobiography that traces his formation as a writer as well as the genesis of <i>Invisible Man</i>.<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;On every page, Ellison reveals his idiosyncratic and often contrarian brilliance, his insistence on refuting both black and white stereotypes of what an African American writer should say or be. The result is a book that continues to instruct, delight, and occasionally outrage readers thirty years after it was first published.

3 Voices in Our Blood

Author : Jon Meacham, Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker & James Baldwin
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Politics & Current Events  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2001-01-09
Description :  <b>A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of&#xa0;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&#xa0;</b><br /><br /> Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement’s spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength.<br /><br /> Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page of <i>The New York Times</i>, James Reston marks the movement’s apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded “I Have a Dream”&#xa0;speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement’s progress a decade later in her article “Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington.”&#xa0;And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed.<br /><br /> <i>Voices in Our Blood</i> is a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, and <i>Voices in Our Blood</i> tells us how we got this far—and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Voices in Our Blood</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Jon Meacham . . . has done about the best job of anthologizing the movement that I’ve ever seen.”<b>—Tom Wicker,&#xa0;<i>Mother Jones</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Compelling . . . Acting as a maestro for an orchestra of gifted writers, Meacham succeeds at transporting the reader to the confused heart of American race relations, down to the core of the misunderstandings, the invitations to hate, and the violence.”<b>—Juan Williams, <i>The Washington Monthly</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A collection of first-rate writings by gifted authors on America’s struggle for racial justice.”<b>—James Ralph, <i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> “The writing in this collection sparkles.”<b>—Robert Joiner, <i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i></b>

4 Juneteenth

Author : Ralph Ellison & Charles Johnson
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2000-06-13
Description :  NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--<i>Newsday</i><br /><br />From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, <b>Invisible Man</b>--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. <br /><br />"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, <b>Juneteenth</b> is the work of an American master.

5 Flying Home

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1998-01-12
Description :  These 13 stories by the author of The Invisible Man "approach the elegance of Chekhov" (Washington Post) and provide "early explorations of (Ellison's) lifelong fascination with the 'complex fate' and 'beautiful absurdity' of American identity" (John Callahan). First serial to The New Yorker. NPR sponsorship.

6 Three Days Before the Shooting . . .

Author : Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan & Adam Bradley
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  African American  Literary 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2010-01-26
Description :  NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--<i>Newsday</i><br /><br />From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, <b>Invisible Man</b>--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. <br /><br />"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, <b>Juneteenth</b> is the work of an American master.

7 El hombre invisible

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-09-22
Description :  <b>La obra cumbre de Ralph Ellison es una feroz visión de la sociedad estadounidense durante los primeros años del siglo XX.</b><br /><br />Considerada la obra cumbre de Ralph Ellison y una de las cien mejores novelas de lengua inglesa del siglo XX, esta novela es el relato en primera persona de quien se describe a sí mismo como un «hombre invisible», no por una anormal condición fisiológica, sino porque la sociedad permanece ciega ante él; se niega a verlo.<br /><br />Ellison desgrana así, desde el presente oscuro, «bajo tierra», del protagonista, las preocupaciones sociales e intelectuales de su tiempo con crudeza y sensibilidad. De ello resulta una dura crítica tejida con poesía e inteligencia, ganadora del National Book Award de ficción en 1953.<br /><br /><b>Saul Bellow dijo sobre <i>El hombre invisible</i>...</b><br />«Un libro de primerísimo orden, una novela soberbia.»

8 Vuelo a casa

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2016-09-22
Description :  <b>Un compendio de trece relatos que nos acercan a la obra de Ralph Ellison, autor imprescindible de la literatura estadounidense del siglo XX.</b><br /><br /><i>Vuelo a casa </i>recoge trece relatos escritos a lo largo de un periodo de casi veinte años, de 1937 a 1954. En ellos el lector asiste a la evolución de un estilo y de un pensamiento que culminaría y se consagraría definitivamente con la publicación, en 1952, de <i>El hombre invisible</i>.<br /><br />Tinta estas páginas con agror la discriminación y el distanciamiento insalvable de blancos y negros, sea cual sea su situación financiera o su posición institucional. Como una denuncia esgrimida con crudeza y concisión, pero también con tristeza, estos relatos surgen con fuerza y tremenda actualidad en el panorama literario contemporáneo. Ellison refleja en ellos el carácter exclusivo de una sociedad a la que le costó, y aún le cuesta, abrirse al mundo.<br /><br /><b>Reseñas:</b><br />«Su escritura era tan perfecta que nadie puede nunca olvidar la experiencia de su lectura.»<br />Norman Mailer<br /><br />«Sus historias reflejan, individualmente, el compromiso del oficio y, colectivamente, el singular registro que luego las convertirían, poco a poco, en uno de los grandes monumentos de la literatura estadounidense.»<br /><i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /><br />«Una colección de relatos maravillosa... Gloriosa.»<br /><i>Kirkus Review</i><br /><br />«La reaparición de Ralph Ellison en nuestras librerías es una gran noticia. No se lo pierdan.»<br />José Mª Guelbenzu,<i> El País</i>

9 The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

Author : Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan & Saul Bellow
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Fiction & Literature  Essays 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1995-11-14
Description :  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 <i>Shadow and Act</i> (1964), hailed by Robert Penn Warren as “a body of cogent and subtle commentary on the questions that focus on race,” and <i>Going to the Territory</i> (1986), an exploration of literature and folklore, jazz and culture, and the nature and quality of lives that black Americans lead. “Ralph Ellison,” wrote Stanley Crouch, “reached across race, religion, class and sex to make us all Americans.”

10 Going to the Territory

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1995-03-14
Description :  The work of one of the most formidable figures in American intellectual life."<br /><br />-- Washington Post Book World<br /><br />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, and race. In Going to the Territory, Ellison provides us with dramatically fresh readings of William Faulkner and Richard Wright, along with new perspectives on the music of Duke Ellington and the art of Romare Bearden. He analyzes the subversive quality of black laughter, the mythic underpinnings of his masterpiece Invisible Man, and the extent to which America's national identity rests on the contributions of African Americans. Erudite, humane, and resounding with humor and common sense, the result is essential Ellison.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

11 Trading Twelves

Author : Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray & John Callahan
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2001-05-15
Description :  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.<br /><br />The correspondence begins in 1950 when Ellison is living in New York City, hard at work on his enduring masterpiece, <b>Invisible Man</b>, and Murray is a professor at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Mirroring a jam session in which two jazz musicians "trade twelves"—each improvising twelve bars of music around the same musical idea-their lively dialog centers upon their respective writing, the jazz they both love so well, on travel, family, the work literary contemporaries (including Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway) and the challenge of racial inclusiveness that they wish to pose to America through their craft. Infused with warmth, humor, and great erudition, <b>Trading Twelves</b><i> </i>offers a glimpse into literary history in the making—and into a powerful and enduring friendship.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

12 Un home invisible

Author : Ralph Ellison
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  African American 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2012-01-01
Description :  “Un home invisible” és una obra clau de la literatura nord-americana que ha captivat els lectors des de la seva aparició l&#39;any 1952. Primera novel·la d&#39;un autor fins aleshores desconegut, va assolir ràpidament un èxit popular enorme, i va rebre el Premi Nacional de Literatura de ficció, fets que van convertir Ralph Ellison en un dels escriptors més rellevants del segle XX. <br/> <br/> “Un home invisible” és un tour de force enginyós i apassionat. El protagonista anònim de la novel·la&#39;una de les primeres que planteja el conflicte racial des del punt de vista dels negres&#39;és un jove del sud dels Estats Units que es trasllada al nord en ser expulsat de la universitat per a negres on estudia. A Nova York sortirà de l&#39;anonimat, es lliurarà a la missió de lluitar pels drets de la seva comunitat i s&#39;erigirà en un dels seus portaveus, per acabar finalment sucumbint davant la violència i la confusió, mancat de veu i convertit en un home invisible.

13 Ralph Ellison: A Life in Letters

Author : Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan & Marc Conner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Biographies & Memoirs  Literary Criticism 
Release Date :  2019-01-22
Description :  <b><b>An autobiography through the previously unpublished letters of the renowned author of </b><b><i>Invisible Man</i></b><b>, with insights into the riddle of American identity, the writer's craft, and his own life and work.</b></b><br /><br />Over six decades (1933 to 1993), Ralph Ellison's extensive and revealing correspondence remarkably details his aspirations and anxieties, confidence and uncertainties throughout his personal and professional life. From early notes to his mother, as an impoverished college student; to debates with the most distinguished American writers and thinkers of his time, including Romare Bearden, Saul Bellow, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wright, and Alfred Kazin, among others; to exchanges with friends and family from his hometown of Oklahoma City, whose influence would always be paramount, these letters communicate the immense importance of Ellison's life and work. They show his metamorphosis from an impressionable youth into a cultured man of the world, from an aspiring composer into a distinguished novelist, and ultimately into a man who confronted America's many complexities through his words.



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