Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man

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Invisible Man is Ralph Ellison's first novel, the only one published during his lifetime. It was published by Random House in 1952, and addresses many of the social and intellectual issues faced by African Americans in the early 20th century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.

Invisible Man won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953, making Ellison the first African-American writer to win the award. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Invisible Man 19th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included the novel in its 100 Best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 list, calling it "the quintessential American picaresque of the 20th century", rather than a "race novel, or even a bildungsroman". According to The New York Times, Barack Obama modelled his 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father on Ellison's novel.

Stated Seventh Printing. Light soiling to page block, mainly bottom edge. Front and rear end-papers have some scattered spots. Front has a small partially removed strip of white paper (1cm x 3cm). Jacket now in protective mylar but has moderate to heavy wear to edges. Some creasing and tears (mixture of closed and open). Some chipping to corners and small pieces missing to corners at spine and rear flap.

Title: Invisible Man
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1952
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good