Nominated as one of Americaâs best-loved novels by PBSâs The Great American Read
A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
This edition also contains Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave
About: A black man's search for success and the American dream leads him out of college to Harlem and a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisibility
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