In Celebration of Author Ralph Ellison
September 6th, 2012
The idea for this post came about when, online, I came across a photo of the “First Edition” Copy of Ralph Ellison’s, “Invisible Man”. This cover ( 1st photo up above ) is both extremely iconic & beautiful. We have all heard of this Classic American Book and it’s a “must read” on any Book Lover’s Reading List. “Invisible Man” was published by Random House in 1953 and almost instantly won the National Book Award for fiction and catapulted Mr. Ellison to national prominence. Sadly, after the success of this book, Mr. Ellison only wrote 2 more books that were actually collected essays. In other words, he never created another novel. But, this book will always live in greatness as his one true masterpiece! The 2nd picture ( down below ) shows the modern-day version of the cover and it’s so cool that they gave it a “retro 1950′s” vibe, it’s Jazzy!
Now, the main focus of this post is not Ralph Ellison’s major book but the actual man himself. Doing a little research I came across this YouTube Video that was filmed at the Library of Congress. It’s a lecture by Arnold Rampersad, the first scholar given complete access to Ellison’s papers at the Library of Congress. He ended up writing the definitive story on the Author titled, “Ralph Ellison, A Biography”.
The cover is shown here but please give the video a view too, it’s pretty interesting. Mr. Rampersad did some amazing research and he shares Ellison’s evolution very nicely. Now, to be honest I have not read this book yet, just discovered it, but it’s on my personal reading list right now. Oh yeah, one last thing to share, the very last photo ( way down below ) is the real-life “Ralph Ellison Library” in Oklahoma City, OK. How cool is that?!!