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Going to the Territory
     

Going to the Territory

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by Ralph Ellison
 

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The work of one of the most formidable figures in American intellectual life."

— Washington Post Book World

The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ralph Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzlingly innovative novelists but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture, and

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The work of one of the most formidable figures in American intellectual life."

— Washington Post Book World

The seventeen essays collected in this volume prove that Ralph Ellison was not only one of America's most dazzlingly innovative novelists but perhaps also our most perceptive and iconoclastic commentator on matters of literature, culture, and race. In Going to the Territory, Ellison provides us with dramatically fresh readings of William Faulkner and Richard Wright, along with new perspectives on the music of Duke Ellington and the art of Romare Bearden. He analyzes the subversive quality of black laughter, the mythic underpinnings of his masterpiece Invisible Man, and the extent to which America's national identity rests on the contributions of African Americans. Erudite, humane, and resounding with humor and common sense, the result is essential Ellison.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These three volumes have been redesigned and reissued to commemorate the first anniversary of Ellison's death. (Mar.)
Library Journal
A new book by the author of Invisible Man is always a welcome event. Like Ellison's Shadow and Act , this collection of essays, addresses, and reviews deals with topics in literature, music, and race relations. ``Remembering Richard Wright,'' ``Homage to Duke Ellington on His Birthday,'' and ``What America Would Be Like Without the Blacks'' are among the essays included. While most of these essays have appeared previously, reprinting them here is nevertheless useful. When read together, they resonate off one another, reinforcing Ellison's emphasis on what blacks and whites share rather than on their differences. Throughout, Ellison tries to view American culture as a cloth of one piece. His analysis of the growth of that culture, and of the dynamic interaction of the diverse elements within it, is perceptive and convincing. Highly recommended. William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679760016
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
886,273
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Ellison (1913-1994) was an American author and scholar most well known for his award winning novel Invisible Man. Born in Oklahoma, Ellison was educated at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama before moving to Harlem, New York in 1936.It was in Harlem that he published his first short story and became involved with the Communist Party. By the mid-1940s he had become critical of the party and his disillusionment in part inspired him to write Invisible Man which was published in 1952 and won the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction. Ellison continued to write, mostly essays and reviews, and teach at various universities. His second novel Juneteenth was published posthumously in 1999.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 1, 1914
Date of Death:
March 16, 1994
Place of Birth:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
New York City
Education:
Tuskegee Institute, 1933-36

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