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February Meet-up: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Please join me in February when we read a work by an African-American author for Black History Month. 

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison- is 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's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

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. Invisible Man won the National Book Award  and the Russwurm Award. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at many colleges including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities from 1970 through 1980. Ralph Ellison died in 1994.


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  • Carissa

    Thanks for coming out tonight. HEAVY read but well worth the time and effort. Powerful! Great discussion!

    3 · February 11, 2014

    • Garrick S.

      As I was not able to make it but I have been able to read some I hope you can share: What did you like most about the story? What was the most interesting point some one brought up?

      1 · February 11, 2014

  • Brittany

    Not feeling well, don't think I can make it:(

    February 11, 2014

  • Jeni

    Working late in fremont tomorrow but will try to make it!!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Katie

    I'll try to pop my head in late if I can (hope springs eternal). Sorry to miss everyone!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Joyce G.

    this book had a big effect on me when I first read it in my teens. I expect to be out of town, unfortunately and cant join you.

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • gordon p.

    I liked all the choices, too, but Invisible Man got my vote.

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • elsa

    i'm going for Ralph Ellison. Began The Invisible Man some years ago. Be nice to read it through this time, and have others to discuss it with. (hopefully this will be the book - the others are great authors also).

    1 · December 18, 2013

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