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Ralph Ellison in Progress The Making and Unmaking of One Writer's Great American Novel

Author: BRADLEY ADAM
Publisher: New Haven; London Yale University Press 2010
Edition/Format: eBook eBook : English
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Ralph Ellison may be the preeminent African-American author of the twentieth century, though he published only one novel, 1952'sInvisible Man.He enjoyed a highly successful career in American letters, publishing two collections of essays, teaching at several colleges and universities, and writing dozens of pieces for newspapers and magazines, yet Ellison never published the second novel he had been composing for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: BRADLEY ADAM
ISBN: 9780300147131 0300147139 9780300147148 0300147147
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5559544694
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Ralph Ellison may be the preeminent African-American author of the twentieth century, though he published only one novel, 1952'sInvisible Man.He enjoyed a highly successful career in American letters, publishing two collections of essays, teaching at several colleges and universities, and writing dozens of pieces for newspapers and magazines, yet Ellison never published the second novel he had been composing for more than forty years. A 1967 fire that destroyed some of his work accounts for only a small part of the novel's fate; the rest is revealed in the thousands of pages he left behind after his death in 1994, many of them collected for the first time in the recently publishedThree Days Before the Shooting. . . . Ralph Ellison in Progressis the first book to survey the expansive geography of Ellison's unfinished novel while re-imaging the more familiar, but often misunderstood, territory ofInvisible Man. It works from the premise that understanding Ellison's process of composition imparts important truths not only about the author himself but about race, writing, and American identity. Drawing on thousands of pages of Ellison's journals, typescripts, computer drafts, and handwritten notes, many never before studied, Adam Bradley argues for a shift in scholarly emphasis that moves a greater share of the weight of Ellison's literary legacy to the last forty years of his life and to the novel he left forever in progress.

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