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Invisible man
Ralph Ellison
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Summary: Invisible Manis 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 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'sThe Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.


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Expelled from college for showing a white trustee the realities of the South including an incestous farmer and a rural whorehouse; moved to New York; searching for what truth really is; became a spokesman for a mixed-race band of social activists where he believed he was fighting for equality; discovered he had been duped yet again into believing what he thought was the truth.



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