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The Invisible Man Essay

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The Invisible Man
Ralph Waldo Ellison was born march 1, 1914 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. He is an African American writer, critic, and novelist. Years after his father died he came to find out that his father wanted him to become a poet. In 1933, Ellison entered the Tuskegee intuition on a scholarship to study music. He then moved to New York City to earn money for his final year at Tuskegee. He quickly became friends with Richard Wright and wrote a book review for him. Wright then persuaded him to pursue a career in fiction writing. Ellison first short story was “Hymie's Bull” which as about his adventure with his uncle riding the train to get to Tuskegee. By 1944 Ellison had written over twenty book reviews and short stories and articles published in magazines such as “New challenge” and “New masses”.
From 1947 to 1951 he earned some money writing book reviews, but spent most of his time working on Invisible man which was the book he publish his life time. After leaving the marines because he was ill, he began writing his book in Vermont. Fanny his wife helped him type and edit the novel. In 1953, The Invisible man won him the national book award. The novel mainly talks about many of the social and logical issues that African-American in the early years that were facing stereotypes and racism.
I read Orville Prescott review on the invisible man and couldn’t agree with him more. “Invisible Man is the most impressive work of fiction by an American Negro which I have ever read. Unlike Richard Wright and William Motley, who achieved their best effects by overpowering their readers with documentary detail, Mr. Ellison is a finished novelist who uses words with great skill, who writes with poetic intensity and immense narrative drive. Invisible Man has many flaws. It is a sensational and feverishly emotional book. It will shock and sicken some of its readers. But, whatever the final verdict on Invisible Man may be, it does mark the appearance of a richly talented writer.”
I’m not any literature critic but I know that he wrote his heart out in this book. He describes every moment and every journey of his life in great detail that I can visualize it in my head perfectly. He has put so much time and effort into this novel and you can tell by reading just a few chapters. Once you pick this book up and begin reading it I promise you will not put it down that’s how much it will grasp your attention. I had no attention on reading this book; it was for a research paper for my American literature class and I don’t regret picking this book.
Another critic Saul Bellow said “invisible man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature.” I agree with him also, this book is a great source for my generation and others to learn about life for an African American male in the early twenties. Invisible man has a great amount of details about Ellison life. You can picture yourself there with him throughout his journey...

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