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Ralph Ellison Writing Invisible Man

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Writing Invisible Man

Ellison labored on his book for seven years. A grant from the Rosenwald Foundation supported him, as did his second wife, Fanny McConnell, whom he married in 1946. Finally, in 1952, Invisible Man was published.

It is really hard to summarize the plot of Invisible Man. Many reviewers (and Ellison himself) have likened it more to a jazz composition than to a novel, with themes, riffs, and digressions that build a mood rather than hammering down a straight narrative line. One critic called it the "Moby Dick of the racial crisis."

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