Flying Home and Other Storiesby Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan (Editor)
Written between 1937 and 1954 and now available in paperback for the first time, these thirteen stories are a potent distillation of the genius of Ralph Ellison. Six of them remained unpublished during Ellison's lifetime and were discovered among the author's effects in a folder labeled "Early Stories." But they all bear the hallmarksthe thematic
Written between 1937 and 1954 and now available in paperback for the first time, these thirteen stories are a potent distillation of the genius of Ralph Ellison. Six of them remained unpublished during Ellison's lifetime and were discovered among the author's effects in a folder labeled "Early Stories." But they all bear the hallmarksthe thematic reach, musically layered voices, and sheer ebulliencethat Ellison would bring to his classic Invisible Man.
The tales in Flying Home range in setting from the Jim Crow South to a Harlem bingo parlor, from the hobo jungles of the Great Depression to Wales during the Second World War. By turns lyrical, scathing, touching, and transcendently wise, Flying Home and Other Stories is a historic volume, an extravagant last bequest from a giant of our literature.
Meet the Author
Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City in 1914. He is the author of Invisible Man (1952), which won the National Book Award and became one of the most important and influential postwar American novels. He published two volumes of nonfiction, Shadow and Act (1964) and Going to the Territory (1986), which, together with unpublished speeches and writings, were brought together as The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison in 1995. For more than forty years before his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison lived with his wife, Fanny McConnell, in Harlem in New York City.
- Date of Birth:
- March 1, 1914
- Date of Death:
- March 16, 1994
- Place of Birth:
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Place of Death:
- New York City
- Tuskegee Institute, 1933-36
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Ralph Ellison's 'Flying Home and Other Stories' apparently is the first posthumous collection to be published by his estate. And it is a remarkable collection at that. There are thirteen stories here, six of which had never been published before. The editor, Professor John F. Callahan, did a fine job at choosing the stories to be included, and he describes the fascinating selection process in the book's introduction. Professor Callahan includes three early Buster-and-Riley stories which inspired me to write my short story, 'Los Angeles, 1970' (Outsider Ink at: http://outsidermedia.com/00/spring/olivas.html). The Buster-and-Riley stories capture the wonderful and lively banter between the two boys while showing how the racism of the real world touches and affects their childhood. There is also 'A Party Down at the Square' which is a chilling story told in the first person by a white boy who witnesses the burning of an African-American man. Each story is well-crafted and powerful in its understatement. Ellison's graceful and evocative language paints a picture of human strength and frailty with the same honest, unflinching brush. Though he is best remembered for his novel, 'Invisible Man,' this collection demonstrates that he was also a brilliant craftsman of the short story.
Ralph Ellison has the great gift to tell a simple tale and fill it with such myriad emotions that one is left amazed...A delicious writer who weaves the period of 1930's and 50's with great delicacy and detail.. One is feed well by each short story..A great adventure.. Read the other reviews for more detail... I could not put this book down; Ellison is a jewel in the literary world!! BN.com is selling the hard back for $4.98 buy a copy for yourself, for your child, for your family and friends,for your child's school library.. A must for anyone's library..