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Ellison uses the trope of invisibility in this novel that traces the Invisible Man's journey from idealism to a grim realism about the racism that confronts him every step of his way. Every episode ends with the Invisible Man's escape from near disaster, brought about by his naiveté and the virulent racism in which he must function. By novel's end, the hero is living clandestinely in the basement of a large building, burning hundreds of lights at the expense of the electric company, and planning for an eventual re-emergence.. (more) (© New York University)


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Author Biography:

In 1952 a first novel by a virtually unknown black American named Ralph Waldo Ellison was published. Reviews of the novel were ecstatic, and in 1953 Ellison's Invisible Man won a prestigious National Book Award for Fiction. Suddenly the author was in great demand for interviews and lectures, and he found himself being compared not only with black writers like Richard Wright, but also with Herman Melville and Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Invisible Man was a phenomenon. In 1965 the phenomenon took on even greater proportions when a group of some 200 authors, critics, and editors named Invisible Man the most distinguished American novel of the previous twenty years. More...

http://www.pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/barrons/invismn1.asp (Barron's Educational Series)

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