Conversations with Ralph Ellison

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Having published only one novel, Ralph Ellison gained and retained a reputation as one of America's premier authors. This astonishing book was Invisible Man, one of the cornerstones of modern American literature. In these interviews the author of this masterpiece proves himself intellectually vigorous, witty, and sometimes combative. These conversations about himself and about literature show him to be strongly independent, whether his remarks consider race, art, writing, or ...
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Overview

Having published only one novel, Ralph Ellison gained and retained a reputation as one of America's premier authors. This astonishing book was Invisible Man, one of the cornerstones of modern American literature. In these interviews the author of this masterpiece proves himself intellectually vigorous, witty, and sometimes combative. These conversations about himself and about literature show him to be strongly independent, whether his remarks consider race, art, writing, or culture.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780878057801
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.31 (d)

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Playboy: Invisible Man is about race relations in America as see through the eyes of a disenchanted young black man. has your view of America changed in the past 30 years ?
Ellison: You mean, are black Americans still invisible ? No. There's no way, given the history of the past 30 or 40 Years, for it to be the same as it was then. Americans are much more aware now that American culture is part African...
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Talk with Ralph Ellison 3
The Art of Fiction: An Interview 6
What's Wrong with the American Novel 20
Five Writers and Their African Ancestors 63
An Interview with Ralph Ellison 70
An Interview with Ralph Ellison 87
An American Novelist Who Sometimes Teaches 98
A Very Stern Discipline: An Interview with Ralph Ellison 109
A Dialogue with His Audience 136
The Uses of History in Fiction: Ralph Ellison, William Styron, Robert Penn Warren, C. Vann Woodward 141
Indivisible Man 173
Ralph Ellison: Twenty Years After 192
A Conversation with Ralph Ellison 215
Interview with Ralph Ellison 222
Ellison: Exploring the Life of a Not So Visible Man 235
Interview with Ralph Ellison 259
"A Completion of Personality": A Talk with Ralph Ellison 272
Ralph Ellison's Territorial Vantage 302
Study and Experience: An Interview with Ralph Ellison 319
The Essential Ellison 342
Invisible Man, As Vivid Today as in 1952 378
Book Essay: Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 383
Television Makes Us See One Another 387
Visible Man 392
Index 403
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