This Categories provides Information about the writer Ralph Ellison.
Taken from the Introduction to "Shadow and Act":
Ralph Ellison 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. His reviews, short stories, articles, and criticism appeared in many national magazines and anthologies. His novel "Invisible Man" won the National Book Award and the Russwurm Award. From 1955 to 1957 Ellison was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He subsequently taught at Bard College and in 1961 served as an Alexander White Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. From 1962 to 1964 he was Visiting Professor of Writing at Rutgers University. During 1964 he delivered the Gertrude Clark Whittall Lecture at the Library of Congress and the Ewing Lectures at the University of California. He was appointed to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1964. From 1970 to 1980 he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at the New York University. He was a charter member of the National Council on the Arts and Humanities, a member of the Carnegie Commission on public television, a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburfg Foundation. Other works by Ralph Ellison include "Juneteenth", "Shadow and Act", "Going to the Territory", "The collected essays of Ralph Ellison" and "Flying home and other stories".
Ralph Ellison died in 1994.
Excerpts from interviews with Ralph Ellison from the New York Times.
Article about a visit by Fanny McConnell Ellison at the Library of Congress.
An article titled "The Cul-de-sac of Social Democracy"
The author and cultural historian discusses Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison on the Jerry Jazz Musician web site.
A description of the life of Ralph Ellison and a timeline.
Excerpts from: Ernest Kaiser, "A Critical Look at Ellison's Fiction and at Social and Literary Criticism by and about the Author" (Black World, December 1970 [a special Ralph Ellison issue]).
The site features interviews with prominent writers who discuss Ralph Ellison. Among others Stanley Crouch, Robert O'Meally, Albert Murray, John Callahan, Michael Harper participate.
An excerpt from: John Corry's "Profile of an American Novelist, A White View of Ralph Ellison" published in Black World (December 1970--a special Ralph Ellison issue).
An Article published at January 1st, 1995 in the New York Times by Roger Rosenblatt.
A short biography about Ralph Ellison and some links.
Learn more about Ralph Ellison's life and works. A short biography and links to other interesting sites.
An excerpt from Thomas Hill Schaub's "American Fiction" in the Cold War (Wisconsin, 1991).
Information on past winners of the Ralph Ellison Award
An Article from On Principle, v4n3 June 1996 by James Seaton.
Author Robert O'Meally discusses Ralph Ellison's influence on American culture, particularly his impact on jazz. On Jerry Jazz Musician web page.
Includes a short excerpt from "Invisible Man".
An essay by Derek Wright.
An Essay by John Haber from New York City.
Description of the contents of two letters from Ralph Ellison to Lowry Ware.
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