Invisible Man

Invisible Man
Invisible Man


ISBN: 9780679732761Number of Pages: 581
Publisher: Vintage BooksBook Title: Invisible Man
Publication Year: 1995Target Audience: Trade
Author: Ralph EllisonReading Age: 12+


Invisible Man is a novel written by Ralph Allison, a black American writer. The novel tells the story of a young black man who suffers from racial discrimination in a white dominated society and constantly seeks for national culture and self-identity.

Since its publication in 1952, the novel has aroused great repercussions in American literary circles and American society. In 1953, he won the National Book Award and the Chicago Defender Award, and was considered a classic work.

A young black man tried his best to be recognized by others. He tried to find a place for himself in American industry.

He once joined the “Brotherhood” to make himself attached to left-wing politics – everything he tried seemed to put a black man in a visible position in American life.

However, none of these things can make him enter the ideal spiritual civilization, so he would rather be an underground man later.

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About the Author

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) is a black American writer and one of the most influential American novelists in the 20th century. he was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1914. Ellison went to school in his hometown when he was young.

After graduation from middle school, he entered Tuskegee College to specialize in music for three years. He went to New York in 1936 and began to write with the help of the black writer Richard Wright.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, he was drafted into the army. He retired from the army in 1945 and began to write Invisible Man. Then he gave lectures and wrote in some famous American universities. His works include novel Invisible Man, prose collection Shadow and Behavior and 22 short stories.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part I. Prologue: Ralph Ellison on Invisible Man
  • Before Publication
  • After Publication
  • Part II. Critical Essays on Invisible Man
  • Ralph Ellison’s Trueblooded Bildungsroman
  • Ellison’s Zoot Suit
  • Ellison’s Vision of Communitas
  • Ralph Ellison, Race, and American Culture
  • The Rules of Magic: Hemingway as Ellison’s “Ancestor”
  • The Meaning of Narration in Invisible Man
  • The Conscious Hero and the Rites of Man: Ellison’s War
  • Notes on the Invisible Women in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
  • Luminosity from the Lower Frequencies
  • Ellison’s Invisible Man
  • Part III. Epilogue
  • On Initiation Rites and Power: A Lecture at West Point
  • Selected Bibliography