Search Results: "Ralph Ellison"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Gracelessly written, but indispensable to students of Ellison, Oklahoma City in the 1920s, or Harlem in the '40s."
Painstaking biography covering the first half of the noted African-American writer's life, through his acceptance of the National Book Award in 1953. Read full book review >

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RALPH ELLISON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2007

"A revealing exploration of Ellison's life and work."
A superb biography of the noted African-American writer and the tormented times in which he lived. Read full book review >

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FLYING HOME by Ralph Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Glorious, pre—Invisible Man riffs—and another fine addition to the Ellison oeuvre."
This marvelous collection of 13 stories, six of which were never published during Ellison's lifetime, partly explains the phenomenon of Invisible Man, itself no ordinary first book. Read full book review >

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SHADOW AND ACT by Ralph Ellison
Released: Oct. 26, 1964

"A polemical rebuttal top Irving Howe re social protest and esthetic integrity is as spunky and as topical as anyone could wish."
Ellison's Invisible Man is our finest, perhaps only really major Negro novel; certainly a literary marker of the last decades. Read full book review >

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GOING TO THE TERRITORY by Ralph Ellison
NON-FICTION
Released: July 23, 1986

"It's the only awkwardness in an otherwise magisterial performance."
In sonorous, often autobiographical terms, these essays (reprinted from speeches and articles originally published between 1963-83) survey the role of the artist in society, the role of society in fiction, and the relationship of black cultural values to American myths and the American dream. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1952

"Watch it."
An extremely powerful story of a young Southern Negro, from his late high school days through three years of college to his life in Harlem. Read full book review >

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HUMPHREY & RALPH by Katharine Andres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Amusing and well told. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A funny, beautifully written book by the award-winning author of Fish Story (1993). Read full book review >

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RALPH NADER by Teresa Celsi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Well-chosen b&w photos; notes; bibliography on consumer issues; index. (Biography. 12-18)"
Our best-known consumer advocate gets his full due in a well-written biography. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY RALPH by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1970

"Happily, Ralph will be tearing along in his ping-pong ball crash helmet for a long time, on the elusive trail of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and boys who go Pb-pb-b-b-b."
The return of The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a departure—from the wide-open corridors of Mountain View Inn to a cage that's also a vantage point in a typical summer camp; but tipping the balance from fantasy to personality doesn't throw freedom rider Ralph. Read full book review >

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PANICKING RALPH by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Like most James novels (Kill Me, 1999, etc.), a moral dust-up, with bad men landing on their feet, good ones sliding into crime, and young girls like Harpur's teenaged lover Denise acting as the fulcrum."
When drug kingpin Oliphant Kenward Knapp is murdered, his rivals briefly lie dormant, then start circling, usurping his turf, his couriers, his suppliers. Read full book review >

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ROTTEN RALPH by Jack Gantos
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 19, 1980

"Rudel has a grand time with Ralph's wicked antics—picture a lusher, more emotive Byron Barton—and her hyper-naive playfulness is cathartic and just what a devil like Ralph has coming to him."
Rotten Ralph is a mean-eyed, saw-toothed, bright red cat, so bad he makes Awful Alexander (see above) look like a goody-goody. Read full book review >