Ralph Ellison

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Sixty years ago, the American writer Ralph Ellison published The Invisible Man.

Black readers recognized a portrait of their own lives.

White readers were jolted into a new understanding that was both shocking and uncomfortable.

The Invisible Man is still widely praised as a masterpiece, and it propelled Ellison into the upper echelons of American literary icons. Yet it was the only book he ever published.

Michael speaks with Professor Timothy Parrish about his new book, Ralph Ellison and the Genius of America.

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