About the Author
Ralph Ellison (1913-1994) was an American author and scholar most well known for his award winning novel Invisible Man. Born in Oklahoma, Ellison was educated at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama before moving to Harlem, New York in 1936.It was in Harlem that he published his first short story and became involved with the Communist Party. By the mid-1940s he had become critical of the party and his disillusionment in part inspired him to write Invisible Man which was published in 1952 and won the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction. Ellison continued to write, mostly essays and reviews, and teach at various universities. His second novel Juneteenth was published posthumously in 1999.
Date of Birth:March 1, 1914
Date of Death:March 16, 1994
Place of Birth:Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Place of Death:New York City
Education:Tuskegee Institute, 1933-36
Read an Excerpt
Playboy: Invisible Man is about race relations in America as see through the eyes of a disenchanted young black man. has your view of America changed in the past 30 years ?
Ellison: You mean, are black Americans still invisible ? No. There's no way, given the history of the past 30 or 40 Years, for it to be the same as it was then. Americans are much more aware now that American culture is part African...