Ellison, Ralph, 1914-1994

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Birth 1914-03-01
Death 1994-04-16

Biographical notes:

African American author, born Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994) in Oklahoma to a family who migrated from South Carolina.

From the description of Ralph Ellison papers, 1990-1994. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 32828103

African American author and educator. Born 1914; died 1994.

From the description of Ralph Ellison papers, 1890-2005 (bulk 1930-1994). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983760

Ralph Ellison began writing seriously in 1939. Previously he had worked as a researcher on the New York Federal Writer's Project. Ellison has worked as an editor on the Negro Quarterly and has taught at various academic institutions. His writings include literary criticism, short stories, articles, and essays.

From the description of Brave words for a startling occasion. 1953. (Wichita State University). WorldCat record id: 22215681

Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man (1952), one of the most famous twentieth century American novels.

From the description of Documents : 1949-1958. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80420414

Ralph Waldo Ellison, African-American novelist, was born in Oklahoma City in 1914 and moved to New York City in the 1940s where he started his writing career. In 1952 Ellison wrote his award winning novel, "The Invisible Man." Ellison's short stories and essays have been anthologized and Ellison's work remains an important documentation of the twentieth.

Century African-American experience.

From the description of Remembering Jimmy, Manuscript, 1953-1958. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 145566720


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