Juneteenth: A Novel

Juneteenth: A Novel

by Ralph Ellison, Charles Johnson
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Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison


"[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--Newsday

From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century.

"Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307797360
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 893,620
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City in 1914. He is the author of the novel Invisible Man (1952), winner of the National Book Award and one of the most important and influential American novels of the twentieth century, as well as numerous essays and short stories. He died in New York City in 1994.

John F. Callahan is Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is the editor of the Modern Library edition of The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison and is literary executor of Ralph Ellison's estate.

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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Juneteenth: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MsMe11 More than 1 year ago
He was a great writer, I also read The Invisable Man another work of art!
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a non-sighted person, i read this book via audio initially - i was floored! i have come to this page to obtain the book in print just to have in my physical library, though i may never see the words personally. the speeches were lengthy, but well worth getting through. ellison was a true master, for though the book was never completed, he led us to a pretty satisfied ending. don't cheat yourself by not adding this book to your personal library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book compelling!! It left me on the end of my seat and eager to read more.The story line, plot, climax, etc was excellent, and very well preceived and written. I recommend a movie for television veiwing be made as well as the book advertised more. Perhaps even a spot on a talk show to introduce to younger teens and re-introduce to older Americans. The book was great!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very confusing at first. Ellison doesn't use quotation marks correctly. It takes a little bit of reading to get used to his style of writing. This book just sounded like a myriad of thoughts and memories. There are some moments where I felt like falling asleep and other moments where I was wide awake. Later, I found out that someone found pieces of his work that he was working on before his death. Then, they put it in this book. There really isn't a plot, except that the audience gets a taste of the life Ellison might have seen.