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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison in Ethnic Studies

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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is one of the most important novels in the American literary tradition. In the novel, an unnamed narrator (let's call him—you guessed it—"the invisible man") tells the story of his life, from his days at an African American college in the South to his migration to New York and Harlem, where he runs into all kinds of trouble. Let's zoom in on the opening passage of the book.

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