ELLISON, RALPH. (1914-1994). American author best known for his novel Invisible Man. DS. (“Ralph Ellison”). 3pp. 4to. (New York), August 29, 1987. A signed update request from Who’s Who in America, for its 45th edition.
In 1936, Ellison met author Richard Wright who exerted a powerful influence on Ellison’s writing. With Wright’s help Ellison wrote about Black culture for federally funded writing projects, contributed articles to radical journals and covered the 1943 Harlem race riot for the New York Post. His first novel and magnum opus, Invisible Man, was published in 1952, winning critical raves and the National Book Award the following year. In addition to writing, Ellison held a professorship at New York University where he lectured on Black culture. Our Who’s Who form lists Ellison’s education, directorships, memberships, and other honors in detail.
Pages one and two are on recto and verso of one sheet. Folded and creased with staple holes in the upper corner. In very good condition. Rare.