Ellison began writing The Invisible Man while visiting a friend's farm in Vermont. The existential book, published in 1952, is about an African American civil rights activist from the South who becomes progressively alienated after moving to New York owing to the bigotry he faces.
He continued to write other novels including X-Men (1956), which is set in present-day New York City and follows the story of a young black man named Charles Xavier who develops powers that allow him to connect with other people's minds, and uses this ability to help others; Silver Blaze (1959), which is set in England and tells the story of a horse that has been kidnapped by Russian spies who want to use its blood to cure their own sick horses, and eventually ends up in America where it becomes involved in a crime conspiracy; and Shadow over Albany (1964), which is set in modern-day New York City and tells the story of an ambitious black journalist who is murdered for his knowledge of politics.
In addition to writing books, Ellison also wrote essays, poetry, and science fiction stories. One of his most famous essays is called "Living with Music" and was first published in 1953. It discusses how music affects everyone differently, and how people should not judge others for what kind of music they like.
Ellison was also very active in the African American community working with groups such as the NAACP and Urban League.
Ralph Ellison was an African-American writer and teacher, best known for his novel "Invisible Man" (1952). Ellison has been likened to authors such as Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He used many of their themes and techniques in his own work.
Ellison was born on May 28, 1914 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His mother died when he was seven years old, and he was raised by an aunt and uncle after the death of his father, a doctor. He attended high school in Tulsa, where he became involved in student activities and sports. He graduated from high school in 1932.
After graduating from high school, Ellison worked for a time as a civil servant before attending Howard University, where he earned bachelor's degrees in English and sociology in 1937. While at Howard, he began writing articles and stories that were published in newspapers and magazines across the country. In addition, he wrote speeches for faculty members and students at Howard.
After graduating from college, Ellison moved to New York City, where he worked as a clerk at a brokerage firm until 1941, when he was drafted into the United States Army. He served for three years in Europe as a communications officer with the 99th Infantry Division.
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New York City, New York, United States Ralph Waldo Ellison (March 1, 1913–April 16, 1994) was an African-American author, literary critic, and academic best known for his 1953 National Book Award-winning novel Invisible Man.
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Ralph Ellison, full name Ralph Waldo Ellison, was an American writer who rose to prominence with his debut novel (and the only one published during his lifetime), Invisible Man (born March 1, 1914, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.—died April 16, 1994, New York, New York). Ellison's work focused on black Americans' experiences with racism and discrimination throughout U.S. history.
Ellison produced more than 10 other books over the course of his career, including short story collections Three Ways to Out (1945) and I Will Buy These Shoes (1948), as well as novels Paradise (1969), which won the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Shadow Writer (1983). His other notable works include essays and criticism including "Living with Music" (1941), "Flying Home: Essays on Race and Culture" (1971), and "Shakespeare and His World" (1976).
In addition to writing, Ellison also worked as a civil rights activist and organizer. He helped establish the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and became one of its first black leaders. After moving to Manhattan in 1953, he worked for the Urban League before becoming director of its New York branch in 1956. In that role, he organized campaigns against school segregation and white suburban flight that resulted in the desegregation of many urban schools and increased government funding for inner-city schools.
Ellison was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1992.
Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which received both the Russwurm Award and the National Book Award and established him as one of the twentieth century's most prominent American authors. He did, however, publish a number of nonfiction articles and short tales. Most notably, he created the character of Elmore Leonard's Jazz Hendrix to popularize the use of idiomatic language in writing.
His influence on American literature has been immense; many consider him to be one of the founders of black literary realism. In addition to being considered an important author in himself right from the start, Ellison is also regarded as an important forerunner of a number of later African-American writers, including James Baldwin and Toni Morrison.
He was born a slave in Virginia in 1908 and died a free man in Minnesota in 1994.
After graduating from high school, Ellison worked for several years as a manual laborer before joining the Army Air Forces during World War II. After his discharge, he went to Harvard University where he earned a B.A. in 1949 and an M.A. in 1950. While at Harvard, he began work on his first novel, which would not be completed until 1952.
Invisible Man is a fantasy that uses vignettes to tell the story of a black man named James Burden Johnson, who rebels against racial injustice by assuming a white identity.