Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man

The landmark novel Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, was published by Random House on this day in 1952. The book tracks an unnamed Black narrator from the small-town South to Harlem in an often existentialist narrative. Regarded initially as a “coming of age” tale for Black America in the early 20th Century, the book has stood the test of time to be recognized as a major American work of fiction. It won the National Book Award in 1953.


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